An eleven year old child has asked a local councillor for a pedestrian crossing in Stradbally, Laois, for fear of being knocked down crossing the busy Athy road.
Cllr Paschal McEvoy requested the pedestrian crossing on behalf of the child at the September meeting of the Portarlington Graiguecullen municipal district, last Monday September 19.
Two new housing estates, Cill Beg Manor on the Carlow road, and Kylebeg on the Athy road, have brought many more schoolchildren to use the road he said.
“There are 71 new houses, with all young families living there, and all those kids have to cross the Athy road to get to school. An 11 year old child stopped me and asked for a pedestrian crossing during the summer, so I said I'd ask,” he said.
“There's another crossing up the town that's not needed, but I know you can't lift it up,” he said.
“This is a critical area on the N80 heading into town, there are plenty of signs telling drivers to slow down but it doesn't stop them,” said Cllr Padraig Fleming, seconding his motion.
The reply from Laois County Council is that the crossing “can be considered subject to funding being available”.
“Any time I hear 'subject to funding', alarm bells go off,” commented an unconvinced Cllr McEvoy.
An estimate is to be prepared by council roads staff.