No School Warden For Cloyne This School Year

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cloyne National School won’t have its promised school crossing guard this school year council officials have warned.

Last October St Coleman’s National School was among eight primary schools in the county to be awarded a school warden.

The East Cork Municipality say they hope to have the new Lollipop person in place by September to meet back to school demands.

Senior Engineer Cork Roads, Dave Clarke said in order to keep the youngest pupils at the National School safe, alterations to the pavement near at entrance Spital entrance to the Primary School are needed.

The national non roads design office is currently preparing a design for the school warden crossing which includes the widening of some parts of the pavement.

Mr Clarke said  are needed “to eliminate the potential for parking on either side of the school crossing because if the warden can’t see the cars, the cars can’t see the warden, then you have a risk to people crossing the road.”

Once the design is complete it must go on public display for a six week period so the community can form an opinion on the project.

The requirement for a school crossing guard formed part of a lengthy presentation to the East Cork Municipality by the Cloyne Community Council last November.

Raw Sewage discharging from the drains close to the school, fly tipping and a better bus service were also among the residents’ concerns.

Community Council Secretary Siobhain Nally told the sitting children had to regularly had to attempt to avoid walking in the excrement.

She said the bus service is sparse with no time table available and fly tipping was a persistent problem.

The deputation also considered many of the footpaths in the Cloyne area to be of poor condition specifically at Kilboy and on the approaches to the national school.

The group had also requested a pedestrian crossing from the Litton Fountain to the bus stop close to the take away.

However in his report to council on Monday 7 January Mr Clarke ruled out the prospect of providing such a safety measure.

The senior engineer said he recognised that crossing the road at Cloyne Cross may pose difficulties for vulnerable pedestrians.

Since 1990 no accidents have been recorded at Cloyne Cross or Rock Street.

However there had been 3 road accidents involving pedestrians resulting in minor injury on Chapel Street and on Rock street relatively short distances from Cloyne Cross between 1993-1998.

“While there are concerns it doesn’t seem to be an issue in practice.”

“The fact that the main road turns 90 degrees it is a little confusing to motorists resulting in slower traffic movement.”

It’s understood the issue on fly tipping has been referred to  the Council’s anti-litter unit, Irish Water have been asked to investigate the sewage issue and concerns regarding the bus service have been directed to Bus Eireann for comment.

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