I’ve been in touch with parents and teachers at Scoil Cholim NS regarding road safety concerns for children arriving and leaving the school each day. I recently visited Scoil Cholim during the morning school run along with some parents to see the issues for myself.
There is significant concern that some people are parking outside the entrance to the school by pulling up on the cycle path that many parents and children use each morning. This causes a real risk as it blocks lines of sight and forces pedestrians and cyclists back onto the footpath. I’ve requested the installation of bollards to prevent motorists being able to park up on this cycle lane.
I’ve also requested that the pedestrian barriers at the Porterstown Road – Diswellstown Road cross roads be extended. This is now an extremely busy crossing point with students going to both Scoil Cholim and Luttrellstown Community College. The current barriers are very short and really do nothing to control the movement of students across the point at busy times. Something similar was done at St Mochta’s NS last year and it made crossing significantly safer.
Fingal County Council have committed to examining the traffic issues that I have highlighted and to look at the provision of funding for these measures in next year’s Budget. I will be arguing strongly that these measures are implemented, as there are now two busy schools on the Luttrellstown campus and it is essential we take all measures to make access to it safe for students and parents.
Carpenterstown Road -Proposed Traffic Calming Scheme.
Following pressure over the last year from myself and other councillors, the Council has agreed to undertake traffic calming measures at the Carpenter Pub roundabout and have provided the necessary funding for these.
The proposal includes a number of ramps between the Carpenter roundabout and the Coolmine Station roundabout, and also between the Carpenter roundabout and the entrance to Burnell Park estate.
The plans are on display in the Fingal offices in Blanchardstown, and will also be available online.
If you want to make a submission about the proposal, write to Mr. Michael Carroll, Administrative Officer, Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
Submission must be made before 4:30pm, Friday 17th July.
Over the weekend a serious assault took place on a young woman in Tir na nOg Park, Carpenterstown. I understand the specific issue is being investigated by the Gardai.
I’ve received extensive contacts for locals concerned about the risks to personal safety created by the current condition of Tir na nOg Park due to the lack of lighting and the overgrown bushes in the area. The issue of lighting is one I raised with the Council last year, prior to being elected.
I was in touch with Council management yesterday in the wake of this assault to see how can these security issues be addressed.
The Council have committed to continue to cut back any hedges/bushes that are a risk of concealing anti-social behaviour, with a particular emphasis on those at the entrances to the park.
Regarding lighting, the Council have been reluctant to install them within the park on the basis of cost and their argument that they do not wish to encourage people into public parks at night. This latter argument cannot be accepted as this pathway is the main route people use when walking between the Diswellstown Road and the Carpenter/Spar. Therefore, the Council has a duty to make it as safe as possible.
I’ve a motion coming up at the next relevant area committee meeting of Fingal CC and I will strongly make the point that there must be some lights installed in the park, particularly along the pathway.
I’ll post an update when I have more information.
I’ve written to the new Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to gain clarification about when the Department of Education intends to meet with the Board of St. Mochta’s NS to give final sign off on the plans to rebuild the school. The school has had its design plan and budget for the rebuild completed for a number of months. However, it has been waiting for an appointment with the Department in order to go through these plans so it can then move onto the next stage and be in line to receive funding.
This appointment has been pushed back on a significant number of occasions since the start of the year. Parents and teachers in the school are becoming increasingly concerned about the additional delays that are attributable to the Department. I wrote to Ruairi Quinn shortly before he resigned to see why the Department was dragging its feet, but while the Minister acknowledged my query, he did not give me specific information.
While this situation continues, the pupils in the school have to learn in overcrowded and damp facilities, which are totally unacceptable. Minister O’Sullivan needs to act quickly and secure a meeting for St. Mochta’s with the Department.
Blind corner at Somerton Park crossing
I’m putting forward a motion at the Castleknock-Mulhuddart area committee this Thursday that pedestrian lights should be installed at the entrance to Somerton Park on the Porterstown Road. This is an issue that was raised with me on numerous occasions during the local election campaign.
Visibility at the current crossing point is poor, particularly from the club side of the road. It is hard to see more than 20 metres to the right, and traffic moves quickly, having just come up under the M50 on a straightened section of road.
Castleknock GAA is a thriving club and a huge number of people, particularly kids, use this crossing. It is vital we make it as safe as possible for people to walk and cycle to Somerton Park. I hope the other councillors will support me on this motion.