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Saturday, 30th November 2019

Power calls on Council to install traffic calming at Sandpit school

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Cllr. Declan Power.

Independent Councillor Declan Power has called on Louth County Council to install traffic calming measures immediately in Sandpit before someone gets seriously injured.

“Sandpit is a lovely quaint village but a high volume of traffic in the mornings heading to Drogheda and turning on to the M1 has increased in recent years and school runs during the mornings and afternoons are now becoming unsafe” said Cllr. Power

Power has met with the Scoil Mhuire Parents Council Chairperson Chris King who outlined many of the traffic issues around the school causing great concern for parents and children.

These concerns include:

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  1. Traffic exceeding the 50km speed limit
  2. Vehicles overtaking on continuous white line in front of the school
  3. No pedestrian crossing in front of the school
  4. Warning lights not working 100m on each side of the school

“I met with Chris on a busy Friday morning and for that 15 minute spell it was a bit crazy” Power said. “Parents and children were coming from every direction, traffic parked on one side of the road leaving rushing vehicles overtaking on continuous white lines, and due to no ‘Lollipop Person’ some of the older kids were taking chances and running across the road.

“I have made contact with Louth County Council and have offered the following suggestions:

  1. Reduce the speed limit to 30km/h,
  2. Install a pedestrian crossing point at the school with flashing lights
  3. Fix the flashing lights (approx. 100m either side of school)
  4. Ensure existing signage is clearly visible
  5. Put in place possible speed ramps
  6. Consider putting in place a 'lollipop person' at the crossing at drop-off/collection times in the school term

“If we don’t implement some or all of these measures soon, someone is going to get seriously injured or worse” said Cllr. Power.

“Already in recent weeks there have been three near collisions with children crossing the road to school.”

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