Road in Naas is 'too dangerous' for school children to walk on

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Road in Naas is 'too dangerous' for school children to walk on
7:40 Tuesday 13th of March 2018

This week is the Green Schools National Scoot to School Week.

National Scoot on Wednesday will be held on Wednesday March 14th and a group of children in Naas are continuing their campaign to get a path built from their estate at Pipers Hill to Killashee School.  The school is within walking distance for a large number of children living locally.  However, these children need to be driven to school every day as the lack of a footpath makes it too dangerous for them to walk or cycle.  With so many schools at the Pipers Hill campus, traffic is very heavy at peak times so taking some of the cars off the road would be of benefit to everyone.

There is no official start date for work on the path to commence but it will go ahead and is going to be completed in 2 phases according to Deputy Frank O’Rourke who has been working on behalf of the group.

A spokesperson for the group Katie Keating said “We all want our kids to be active and cycling or walking to school is a great start to a kid’s day.  The children in Piper’s Hill and other estates nearby would love to scoot or cycle to school like many other kids around the country this week but it is simply too dangerous.  We believe progress is being made on the matter but we want to keep pressure on the Council to actually start the job.”

School Principal Maura Scully is also eager to see the footpath built.  “The safety of our children is of paramount importance and until a footpath is built to the school, we cannot promote initiatives like Scoot on Wednesday.  We will have the kids use their scooters in the playground on Wednesday and hope that work on the footpath will start very soon.”

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