Row over safety risk at Kill school

PRESSURE is mounting for a safety barrier to be installed outside the newly opened primary school in Kill.

PRESSURE is mounting for a safety barrier to be installed outside the newly opened primary school in Kill.

The issue was raised at a specially convened Kildare County Council area meeting last week.

Councillors had originally hoped that the railing outside the old school could be simply moved to the new location.

However, because the Saplings school, which caters for autistic children, has moved into the old building, it will be necessary to leave the barrier there.

“None of use are in favour of moving the railing now because Saplings will have at least the same need for it but it will be up to the Department of Education and Science to provide a barrier at the new school,” said local councillor Fintan Brett.

According to a Department of Education official, a new barrier is not needed at the school 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.

“Nevertheless we want the Department of Education to do a new traffic management plan which would allow for the barrier to be built. Parents with children at the school,, as well as staff and the Board of Management want this done and the county council’s road safety officer is also in favour. It is up the Department to do this rather than Kildare County Council,” said Cllr Brett.

The council is to write to the Department making the case for the project.

Cllr Brett estimated the cost of the work at E16,000.