The design of a new path at Carton Avenue in Maynooth was raised at Maynooth Community Council.
Kildare County Council is completing works at the entrance to the Avenue.
But at the Community Council on Monday night, 10 March, questions were raised about the newly designed area at the end of the town’s Main Street.
Council member and election candidate, Naoise O’Ceariul, said he has asked the County Council to move the path back a metre.
He told the meeting at the Glenroyal Hotel that it will cause problems and may cause accidents.
But Cllr. John McGinley defended the new design saying that it was created that way to dlown traffic down. The area has been a problem for children coming out of school and there was no island for them to rest.
Cllr. McGinley said the design was deliberate, to create that and to stop trucks going down the Dunboyne road at that junction.
The Council spent a €1m on the Blacklion road to ease traffic in the town centre and trucks were not supposed to take this route.
Cllr. McGinley said the design is standard. He said the project was agreed between the school, the National Transport Authority and County Council officials, but did not come before the area councillors. It is costing €80,000.
Community Council chairperson, Tom McMullon, said it looked like a lovely job. “Give it a chance. If there accidents we can look at it again.”
Local people wanted 140 year old chairs replaced but for health and safety reasons the are not now being used. Instead of the wrought iron seats, new seats costing €600 are being installed.