Donabate petition on road safety presented
FINE Gael Local Area Representative for Donabate and Portrane Bob Dowling has recently presented a petition that outlines local people’s concerns on road safety for school children to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD.
Mr Dowling presented the petition to the Minister on behalf of Donabate Portrane Community Council, and was joined by Community Council Vice- Chairperson, Mr Gareth Lee.
The petition, which has over 3,200 signatures, calls on both the Minister and Fingal County Council to take action and deliver a construction management plan for the area of Donabate and Portrane.
Mr Dowling, a long-time campaigner of road safety measures for over 20 years, said he agreed totally with the petition was honoured to have been able to present it to Minister Murphy.
He said: ‘The situation that has evolved over recent months and years has now become totally unacceptable.
‘HGV’S regularly pass through Donabate and Portrane in convoys, on narrow roads and in particular along the Portrane Road beside both St. Patrick’s National Boys and Girls schools.
‘I commend the Community Council for organising such a petition and I was delighted to be able to present this to the Minister and raise this issue directly with him,’ Mr Dowling said.
While the issue of HGV’S travelling through the area at school hours has been raised before, no firm construction management plan has been issued by Fingal County Council, according to Mr Dowling.
He says he supports this call and the three core points that the petition raises. He stated that ‘the petition states that not only is a construction management plan necessary but also a ban on HGV’S travelling through the area at school opening and closing times.
‘It also calls for an immediate solution to the issue of narrow footpaths outside the National schools and finally the reinstatement of the walkway between the Paddocks estate, which would enable students to access easily Donabate Commuinty Colle and the Educate Together schools’.