New traffic warden for Cloyne national school
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.”