Call for traffic warden as child knocked down

by Gazette Reporter
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The principal of a local school is calling on Fingal County Council to reinstate its school traffic warden after a child was knocked down at pedestrian lights there last week.
“We have a huge school here, we have 430 pupils and no school warden and next year we will have 530 in the school.
“It isn’t fully grown, it will go up to 900, and Luttrellstown Community College will be sharing a site with us and no school warden,” principal Treasa Lowe said.
“I have written in on so many occasions to Fingal County Council, I have rung them until I am blue in the face…. It is absolutely disgraceful… It is such a busy road.
“There was a very serious accident on the road, where a child was knocked down and ended up in hospital.
“He is lucky, he is ok, but he got an awful wallop of a car – this is just not good enough,” she said.
Scoil Choilm Community National School had its school warden removed following the installation of new pedestrian lights at the new road extension on the Porterstown Road.
Principal Lowe wrote to the council asking them to reinstate the traffic warden on the “busy” road.
In response she informed The Gazette that the council told her the warden was removed because pedestrian lights had been put in place.
However, there are other schools in the area that have pedestrian lights and a school warden at the lights, which the principal says is unfair.
“It is really important. We had a traffic warden outside our school, we campaigned long and hard for it and we eventually got one in 2009.
“Our traffic warden was then taken away when the new Porterstown Road was opened and traffic lights were put in place.
“When I queried this I was told that it was because there was a pedestrian crossing in place, but the traffic warden wasn’t taken away from other schools in the locality that have pedestrian crossings.”
In response, a spokesperson for Fingal County Council said Fingal are “engaging with the school representative and local gardai in relation to traffic management and crossing facilities in the area”.
“As part of the Porterstown Link Road (completed 2012) scheme the previously existing pedestrian crossing facilities in the vicinity of the school were upgraded.
“A roundabout on the main approaches to the school was replaced with a signalised junction with full pedestrian facilities on all four arms of the junction and a new pedestrian crossing was provided immediately outside the current school entrance,” the spokesperson said.
Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) said cars parking on both sides of the road were also a problem for the school.
“When the accident happened, there were cars parked on both sides of the road there. There is a need for someone to be at that junction.
“We are going to have 1,000 students at the junction in September, so I think somebody should be there. It is something I will bring up at the next area committee meeting,” he added.

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