Kildare County Council has expressed concern about
an unauthorised pedestrian gate at the end of Scoil Bhride’s internal road, which facilitates students and
pedestrians from the Sallins Road side of the school.
According to KCC the road leading to the pedestrian gate is a private cul de sac located between a car garage and a private residential apartment complex. The council said there’s no permission to use this gate as a pedestrian route – which creates danger for pupils crossing the main road and is “some distance from the pedestrian crossing outside the main school entrance”.
KCC is also concerned about the number of people using this gate as well as parents parking vehicles there as they wait for the children.
A KCC official said pupils are being allowed “through an unauthorised route meaning they have to negotiate traffic on the main road without a controlled crossing. This is some distance from the main school entry/exit point and while some pupils are accompanied by parents or guardians, there is a clear hazard with pupils crossing to housing estates on the Monread side,” said KCC. The council want this gate closed permanently and for the school to insist on using only the approved access/exit point, ensuring that all pupiles come and go at the same location.
KCC say school management is happy to cooperate with this once it “comes as a directive from KCC on the basis of road safety rather than from the school”.