Councillor John Rice has called for traffic calming measures on the main Ballynahinch Rd at the juncture for Drumsnade Rd leading to Christ The King Primary School in Drumaness.
After speaking to the school Principal, Mrs. Fay and a number of parents with children at the school, Cllr Rice stated;
“It has become apparent that the lighting attached to the patrol signs at both ends of the road leading to the crossover to the Drumsnade Rd have not been working for many years.
A number of parents have claimed that they have not been functional for up to 10years.
Cllr Rice added;
“ Having discussed the issue of the lack of road safety features It is obvious that the high volume of road traffic on this stretch of road during key times when dozens of children and parents
are crossing this road it is incredible that there are no provisions to
assist those dropping off and picking up their children. This is not acceptable and is clearly an accident waiting to happen.’
‘I shall be contacting the Department for Infrastructure to rectify this.The Infrastructure around this juncture does not lend itself to safe travel to the school.
‘This week is ‘Big Pedal Week’, which is an initiative run by Sustrans NI which encourages children to cycle to school. As an avid cyclist myself I think this is a great scheme and after talking to local parents and teachers it is reassuring that young children are being given the opportunity to learn road safety skills on their bikes as well as the many health benefits that come along with cycling.’
John concluded saying;
‘As a Sinn Fein Cllr for the Slieve Croob community, I will work closely with the school and parents and also with DFI to help get structures in place that will add to the safety of those using this route on a daily basis.’