A pedestrian crossing is to be installed outside the county’s newest primary school amid criticisms that it should been put in place much sooner.
A deputation from the Nagle-Rice national school in Milltown brought their calls for a pedestrian crossing to a meeting of councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District. The meeting heard that childrens’ lives were at risk outside the school. School principal, Liam Fell told councillors that the new school, which caters for 290 children, is located on the busy R563 Milltown to Killarney road. He said that though there are several housing estates on the opposite side of the road, there is no crossing in place to allow children access the school safely. Parents’ Council representative, Glenda Christie said cars are travelling at very alarming speeds at the school and that parents are very concerned for their safety. Local councillor, Michael O’Shea said it was chaos on the road at collection time and there were childrens’ lives at risk. Council engineer said that pedestrian crossing are not an automatic requirement outside school in the national guidelines and said a crossing would cost €30,000. €15,000 will come from development levies and four councillors agreed to provide the balance from their councillors’ allocations. It is hoped the pedestrian crossing can be installed within three or four months.