Mountrath school could use pitches for parking -council

A senior council official has suggested that Mountrath Community School could use their hurling pitches to alleviate traffic congestion around the school.

A senior council official has suggested that Mountrath Community School could use their hurling pitches to alleviate traffic congestion around the school.

Brenda Cuddy, area engineer for the Borris-in-Ossory area made the remarks at last weeks meeting of the local area councillors.

Cllr James Kelly had raised the issues, asking the council to repair the street lights at the school and also at St Fintans Cemetry and to alleviate the congestion and parking problems at the school.

“There is serious congestion and parking problems at the school,” he said.

Ms Cuddy said parking at the school was an issue for the Department of Education, who would have to deal with any parking issues through the planning process.

“The school has a responsibility to provide parking,” she said.

However, Cllr Kelly said parking was not the only problem, but also the number of big buses who drop students of in the morning and pick them up that evening.

“It’s a matter for the school management. There is very little the council can do,” Ms Cuddy insisted.

“There is a huge grass area around the school that could be reallocated. The school need to deal with this through their own school policy,” she said.

Cllr Brendan Phelan said the parking at the school needed to be re-organised. “It’s chaos there in the morning. The school needs to sit down with the parents, but I would be more concerned about the buses and cars turning in off the N7 now.