Roscommon County Council said it would soon begin the public consultation process on its plan for road safety initiatives around Cloonakilla, Nova Scotia.
The update was given during a discussion on security issues in the region.
Cllr Tony Ward has submitted a question questioning the delays in completing the resurfacing work at Cloonakilla National School, including the installation of sidewalks, a crosswalk and a roundabout.
In its written response, the Roscommon County Council Executive said it will publish a Part 8 process for this work “very soon” after which appropriate funding will be sought from the National Transport Authority as part of of the active travel program. Once funding is secured, detailed design will begin and a contractor will be appointed to complete the project.
Services manager Paul Browne told the meeting that in the meantime the council ‘may consider’ the possibility of staggered opening times in a bid to ease traffic congestion near Cloonakilla School .
Cllr Tony Ward told the meeting that he had been raising the issue of safety at Cloonakilla School “since 2009” and would continue to raise it until action was taken to make the area safer. safe.
“It is a completely unacceptable situation to have no sidewalks, no pedestrian crossings, no roundabouts and very poor pavement in this area, and my concern is for the safety of parents, children, teachers and everyone who uses this route,” he said.
Referring to government policy which promotes cycling and other active travel measures, Cllr Ward said there could be ‘no cycling at Cloonakilla School’ and he called on the council to provide a indication of when “real work” could begin to make the area safer. .
Cllr Laurence Fallon wondered how a brand new school could have been built in Cloonakilla and yet ‘absolutely no plan’ was put in place to deal with parking. “It’s probably one of the biggest issues in South Roscommon,” he said, adding that he had recently attended a funeral where he was told more and more people ” avoided going to Athlone during peak school hours” to avoid the associated delays. with traffic jams at school.
Cllr Emer Kelly said a traffic plan must be put in place at Cloonakilla School ‘before it’s too late’ while Cllr John Naughten called for time limits to be put in place for the financing and the necessary works.
Referring to the long saga of emergency works at Lough Funshinagh, Cllr Laurence Fallon said the works that are needed at Cloonakilla National School are “a real emergency”.
Meanwhile, in correspondence to MP Denis Naughten on the same matter last week, Roscommon County Council suggested that, on an interim basis, An Garda Siochana, the council, local businesses and the management board of the school and parent association could come together to implement “the behavioral changes and protocols needed to reduce the risks associated with traffic flows around Cloonakilla NS.