Parents and kids protest over Kill pedestrian crossing

Demonstration

Paul O'Meara

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Parents and kids protest over Kill pedestrian crossing

The scene in Kill this afternoon. Pic: Tony Keane

Parents and children attending the local Scoil Bhride staged a demonstration in Kill village this afternoon in protest at the failure to provide a pedestrian crossing.

It followed an accident yesterday in which a child was injured.

A number of politicians attended the demonstration including Sen. Anthony Lawlor, councillors Fintan Brett and Carmel Kelly as well as Dep. James Lawless.

They joined the good natured protest walk as it took up one side of the road from the school building to the centre of the village.

Paula Mills was among those present with her children Ciara (10 and Cian (8) and she effectively organised it by posting a message on social media.

“I'm blown away by the response and it’s unfortunate that it took an accident for this to happen. There are plans for a pedestrian crossing as part of cycle lane proposals but we feel it is needed now,” Ms.Mill told the Leader.

She said Kill Tidy Towns had campaigned for a crossing and its all the more necessary because the population of Kill now exceeds 4,000.

Another resident Diana Maynard said at a minimum a traffic warden would be on duty when the school opens and closes each day.

“Really we need a pedestrian crossing and while the politicians have been pressuring for this Kildare County Council has not provided one," said Ms. Maynard.

She added that the accident was nobody’s fault but it was an event waiting to happen.

“Traffic is a massive issue in the village and it is used as a rat run by drivers leaving the N7 to avoid delays there. At times you could be standing for 20 minutes waiting to cross and there is no option for most people - they have to cross the street if they want to visit any of the shops. Almost every day you see something which could easily have resulted in an accident.”