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Sandpit NS, and all schools, need road safety review, says Cllr

Sandpit NS
Scoil Náisiúnta Muire Gan Smál in Sandpit, Termonfeckin. Photo Credit: Google Maps.

A local councillor has suggested that all schools in the county should be the subject of a safety review after highlighting the dangers concerning the safety of children on roads outside schools.

Independent councillor for the District Borough of Drogheda Declan Power raised particular concerns relating to Sandpit National School in Termonfeckin where he says parents are getting frustrated at the lack of progress.

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He raised the issue at the November meeting of the Drogheda Borough Council and did receive some positive news that school warning lights at the primary school had been repaired and scheduled to come on at peak times during the school day.

“One of the most frequently expressed road safety concerns is that of the safety of children outside schools. At school drop-off and pick-up times, the roads in the immediate vicinity of schools are especially busy and there is usually a high level of vehicle, pedestrian, and cyclist activity,” he told the meeting.

“This causes congestion and very often leads to frustration from residents and motorists at the apparent chaos caused by parents and children arriving or leaving the school.

“I raised this this year ago in the Borough Council and have sought various updates but very little has been done. Parents are becoming frustrated by the lack of Council support as Children are risking their lives as they cross the road to attend the local school,” Cllr Power continued.

Senior Engineer Mark John Johnston told assembled councillors that the school warning lights had been repaired and added that a road traffic survey on the road outside the school would be conducted “as soon as possible.”

“Traffic Congestion is at a peak during schools drop offs and pick up times, leading to blind spots as children cross the road. These blind spots are also increased by the fact that the school is situated on road bends 50m at each side of the school,” the Cllr added.

The Clogherhead-based councillor said that he was now working to ensure that Sandpit NS was included on the council’s list of projects for the Road Safety Plan works for 2021 and he also said he would encourage the local authority to review safety requirements at all schools in the county.

“Parking problems and safety concerns are common place outside many schools and the council should be introducing better safety measures where necessary.”

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