Don­abate pe­ti­tion on road safety pre­sented

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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’.

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