New traf­fic war­den for Cloyne na­tional school

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

Road safety on the en­vi­rons of Cloyne Na­tional School will be greatly en­hanced with the ap­point­ment of a new school traf­fic war­den.

The ap­point­ment was sanc­tioned, unan­i­mously, at last week’s East Cork mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict meet­ing, on the rec­om­men­da­tion of se­nior ex­ec­u­tive roads en­gi­neer, Dave Clarke.

Last May, the lo­cal author­ity an­nounced it was bud­get­ing €75,063 for the em­ploy­ment of school war­dens at sev­eral lo­ca­tions through­out the mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict, in ad­di­tion to fund­ing train­ing pro­grammes, equip­ment sup­ply and an­cil­lary and re­lated re­quire­ments.

How­ever, Oc­to­ber’s meet­ing ap­pointed a soli­tary war­den, not­ing Cork County Coun­cil was sanc­tion­ing one ad­di­tional school traf­fic war­den for each of its seven mu­nic­i­pal dis­tricts.

In 2016, less than 50 of the county’s 297 schools had a war­den while the Cloyne ap­point­ment raises the num­ber of war­dens across East Cork to seven.

Cork County Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Lucey ex­plained that along with em­ploy­ing war­dens, the project in­cludes de­vel­op­ing pedes­trian cross­ings and erect­ing warn­ing signs.

Mr Clarke had the un­en­vi­able task of se­lect­ing one school from 26 schools — com­pris­ing 6,000 chil­dren — for the war­den ap­point­ment.

Us­ing De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion data for the 2017/18 aca- demic year, the schools were as­sessed through en­rol­ment num­bers, lo­ca­tion and clas­si­fi­ca­tion (town, vil­lage or ru­ral), road type and fur­ther ob­ser­va­tions/com­ments.

Cllr Danielle Twomey said she had been rais­ing Cloynere­lated is­sues at coun­cil level for sev­eral years and claimed there were se­ri­ous is­sues there as re­gards traf­fic.

Mr Clarke said the ap­point­ment made it “timely to call on all mo­torists to drive slowly and with aware­ness when pass­ing schools.”

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