Footpath is needed for primary pupils in Naas

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Footpath is needed for primary pupils in Naas

Killashee primary school pupils and their parents pictured at Piper's Hill, off the Kilcullen Road, Naas

A campaign is taking place to secure a footpath from the Piper’s Hill residential area in Naas to the Killashee multi denominational national school further out the Kilcullen Road in Naas.

Parents and children used National Scoot on Wednesday (which encourages children to use scooters to get to school) to highlight their campaign to get a path constructed between the houses and the school.

A footpath exists between the town and Piper’s Hill and ends there, despite the fact that the school is within walking distance for a large number of children living locally.

However parents say, these children need to be driven to school every day as the lack of a footpath makes it too dangerous for them to walk or cycle.

“With so many schools at the Pipers Hill campus, traffic is very heavy at peak times, so taking some of the cars off the road would be of benefit to everyone.

There is no official start date for work on the path to commence but it will go ahead and is going to be completed in two phases, according to Deputy Frank O’Rourke who has been pressing the case for the school.

A spokesperson for the group, Katie Keating, said: “We all want our kids to be active and cycling or walking to school is a great start to a kid’s day.

“ The children in Piper’s Hill and other estates nearby would love to scoot or cycle to school like many other kids around the country this week but it is simply too dangerous. We believe progress is being made on the matter but we want to keep pressure on the Council to actually start the job.”

School Principal Maura Scully is also eager to see the footpath built.

“The safety of our children is of paramount importance and until a footpath is built to the school, we cannot promote initiatives like Scoot on Wednesday.”

Siblings

Another parent, Jenny Skelton, said there are about 30 pupils in the school and this will increase as more houses are built in the area and the siblings of these pupils enrol.

“There is a misconception that Killashee is a fee paying school; it isn’t, it’s a State school like any other. The footpath is something that’s needed.”

Ms. Skelton also said that until a footpath is built more cars will use the route and many parents with children in other schools within the education campus opt to stop their vehicles at the entrance to the nearby hotel.

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