Safety concerns at Camlough Primary School

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Friday, October 9th, 2015
Community, Politics
Local MP Mickey Brady and Sinn Fein Councillor Roisin Mulgrew held a meeting with senior Roads Service officials on September 29th.
Mickey brady MP and Cllr Roisin Mulgrew outside St Malachy's where works are taking place

MP Mickey Brady and Cllr Roisin Mulgrew outside St Malachy’s, where works are taking place

The meeting took place following complaints from local residents regarding work to be carried out on Chapel Road in Camlough. The meeting was held at 9am so all involved could see first hand the many issues of concern regarding safety on the road and to allow as much engagement as possible with parents, residents and drivers. Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said the meeting was productive. “As a result of that meeting Roads Service have agreed to change the proposed kerbing and footpath network to ensure that the residents at the top end of St Malachy’s park will continue to have parking.” According to the Sinn Fein MP kerbing will be installed at the junction of Chapel Road and McCrink’s lane to stop the erosion and undermining of the road at that point. Brady added, “The current lay-by currently used by the school bus will be extended as it is currently too short to allow the bus to park safely at the school.” Prior to the meeting Councillor Mulgrew spoke to Mr Kearns, Principal of St Malachy’s Primary School, and invited him to join the group. She described his input to the meeting as ‘very helpful’. “Mr Kearns spoke of his concern for the children’s safety and as a result I’ve agreed to facilitate a Safety Awareness event, which will involve the school, community police officers and Roads Service Traffic Management,” she said. “It was agreed that it would be most beneficial to hold this event after Hallowe’en which would coincide with the completion of the road works and also the darker mornings and poorer driving conditions. “Following a meeting with some of the residents of St Malachy’s Park and in response to the principal’s concerns a petition will also be gathered over the coming days and passed on to Roads Service Traffic Management,” Mulgrew added.

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