Kill school barrier row rages on

THE long running campaign for a safety barrier at Kill school shows no sign of running out of steam.

THE long running campaign for a safety barrier at Kill school shows no sign of running out of steam.

Both the Department of Education and Kildare County Council (KCC) have come out against the need for a barrier but parents believe it is necessary to prevent pedestrians being knocked down.

Kildare County Council engineer Donal Hodgins said the Department’s “tecnical advice” is that the barrier should not be put in place and added “our advice is the same.” Mr. Hodgins told a KCC area meeting that the advice was independently sourced by both bodies. Another council official, Sonya Kavanagh, said the advice was that a railing is not appropriate and “would do more harm than good”.

Ms. Kavanagh said that even if money is available for the barrier the council would be reluctant to ignore the advice.

A Department official previously indicated a barrier is not needed because there is a cycle lane in place on the outside of the footpath.

It has also been pointed out that infrastructure outside the school directs the pupils to a safe crossing point and that safety barriers can pose a risk.

Cllr. Brett said he could not understand the idea that a barrier might pose a danger to cars.

“If it’s left as it is, somebody will be hit by a car. There have been reports of near incidents,” he stated.

Cllr. Willie Callaghan said he is “astonished” the barrier had not been provided.

“The Minister for Education looked at it during the official opening of the school and we have been given the green light to erect it. The parents are concerned,” he said.

Cllr. Callaghan said there appeared to be more emphasis on people driving out of the school than on the pupils.

- Paul O’Meara