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Petition From Rochestown Pupils To Councillors

Petition From Rochestown Pupils To Councillors

Writes Leo McMahon

There was high praise plus support from members of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline-Ballincollig Municipal District at their monthly meeting for three civic minded pupils of Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown who presented a petition to Chairperson Cllr Mary Rose Desmond (FF), which they got signed by over 200, requesting a footpath and other safety measures on Coach Hill.

Fifth class pupils Orlaith Morrissy, Sarah Murphy and Clodagh Creedon were introduced by Cllr Deirdre Forde (FG) who had a motion seeking an update on the design to improve Coach Hill and possible funding which was urgently needed on safety grounds and requesting in the interim, a cut back of shrubbery to widen the road, improved public lighting for pedestrians and a bus stop. In attendance were parents Valerie Morrissy, Kieron Murphy and Kate Creedon and Sarah’s sister Sorcha.

There is a narrow section between Thornbury View and Belmont leading on to Garryduff which is narrow and hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists but also narrow corners further down, some without footpaths.

There was also a related motion from Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) asking the engineer to examine pedestrian safety in the vicinity of the school.

A written report from the Roads Design Office (RDO) engineer stated that it surveyed the area and prepared a preliminary design for a new footpath along Coach Hill in 2016.

‘The introduction of a road upgrade scheme will require land-take and the set-back of private boundary walls. Currently, there is no funding for this project and the RDO does not have any resources allocated to this project’.

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