THE lives of children attending school in Naas are being put at risk because of the absence of a footpath along part of the roadway outside two schools.
Upwards of 1300 pupils go to and from the Naas CBS second level school and St. Corban’s Boys National School each day and and many are forced to share the roadway with passing vehicles (as pictured above).
“It is a very dangerous situation when there are so many students coming into school at around 9am, going out at lunchtime and again leaving the school in the evening. There could be hundreds of people walking in the area, which is quite narrow and it is simply too dangerous not to have a footpath,” said Noel Merrick, Naas CBS principal.
There are 845 students on the CBS roll book while some 500 students attend the adjacent St. Corban’s feeder school, some as young as 7 years of age. Mr. Merrick said the CBS entrance is well serviced but the problem arises further up St. Corban’s Lane (which connects Friary Road with Fairgreen Street) where there is no footpath on either side of the road outside a two storey residence.
He added the school authorities would be very happy to have a path provided on only one side of the road or even a temporary solution would suffice. “ Nobody should have to put up with this in this day and age and the safety risk applies to other pedestrians as well who have to use the road. There is traffic along this road all day, every day,” said Mr. Merrick.
John Drewitt, the primary school principal, said that while many pupils are collected there is a danger to a significant – notwithstanding the work of the school wardens.