Minane Bridge Footpath Must Be Progressed
Writes Leo McMahon
A strong call for a footpath between Minane Bridge village and the local Knocknamanagh National School was made by a deputation representing the local school, GAA Club and Community Council at the monthly meeting of Cork County Council’s Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District.
is in full support of the footpath and appeals to you from a safety point of
view to help protect the 130 children, including special needs, who need this footpath
as a matter of urgency”, said the first speaker, parent and board of management
member John Ryan.
“It is only a
matter of time before a serious incident or death occurs as a result of not
having a safe passage to school along this hazardous stretch. There have been
numerous incidents over the years and only recently, a lady was struck when a
driver’s vision was impaired by the glare of the sun. A footpath would give
protection against this happening. It is ironic that in an era of obesity, that
children are not walking to school because of a lack of infrastructure”.
He urged the
council to purchase the land required for a footpath as a priority and progress
the matter to its next stage so that the council was ready to go when funding
was in place.
Farrissey, who described himself as being ‘conceived, born and bred’ in the
locality, pointed out that Tracton juvenile GAA and camogie clubs had excellent
community facilities within walking distance of the village where over 300
members under the age of 17 enjoyed sport and socialised.
concerned that their kids had to walk on the busy road because there was no footpath
along a section between the GAA field and the village.
also provided a hall for the local community playgroup and here again, families
in the village whose children attended it, had to walk on the busy carriageway,
some with prams. “This is far from ideal and the construction of the remaining
section of footpath would provide safety to these parents when taking their kids
to the playgroup”, he stated, adding that the road was even busier in the
summer with traffic to and from the nearby beaches.
Oliver O’Leary said he had two grandchildren whom he hoped would
be pupils of local school. He stressed the need to make the locality a safe
place for both adults and children to walk.
huge emphasis at present on various aspects of road safety yet in Minane
Bridge, there was a short section of road that wasn’t safe for children and
adults. What the people were seeking from the council wasn’t anything extra
ordinary, merely a basic footpath from the school to the village.
Fellow members of Tracton Community Council told him they had been looking for a footpath for over 20 years only to be frustrated time and time again.
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