A voluntary group of concerned parents in Clane has approached Kildare County Council with six suggestions which, they say, will reduce school traffic congestion on the Prosperous road.
Calling themselves, Clane Schools Safety Team (CSST), the group made a presentation to the meeting last Tuesday, May 14, of the Clane Electoral Area.
Broadly speaking their six suggestions cover issues such as the road/pavement infrastructure in front of the schools, pedestrian and cycling Access from the the Ballinagappa Road, improvements to the bus and public transport systems, possibly incoporation of the GAA club parking faciliites into an over all plan, parent education on reducing car usage and better parking, and introducing flexibility into the school opening hours for different classes.
CSST say they are a voluntary group who wish to contribte to the sfatey in and around the three schools along that road.
And they have been formed with the full support of the three parent associations.
Their aims are to better manage and reduce congestion at the schools, to improve pedestrian and cycling access to the schools, to investigate alternative forms of transport and parking and to encourage best practice.
During his presentation Faisal Ahmed explained that the population of Clane increased 34% between 2006 and 2011 to 6,702 and that the three schools currently have a popluation of 1,900, expected to rise to 2,400 in the coming years.
The main problems are that the key junctions in Clane are already constrained and with the increase in traffic are unable to cope with the pressure.
They fear that there is a real safety risk to those travelling to and near the schools at peak times.
CSST say that no one solution will address the issue, and note that it will be necessary for a number of bodies, such as the school managements and Kildare County Council to act.
They’re presentation was welcomed by the councillors at the meeting. Cllr. Brendan Weld agreed that there would be no ‘magic bullet’ to solve the problem.
However, Cllr. Liam Doyle identified the fact that, as he put it,”some parents want to drive their children to the desk”.
And he added that in doing their best to protect their children by driving them to school, some parents are achieving the opposite.
He noted that some of this behaviour was unacceptable. “I think we need to start coming down on those who not behaving in the best interestes of the whole community.”
- Conor McHugh