Several residents in the Knocknacarra area have highlighted the need for an extension of the footpath on the Clybaun Road, says Sinn Féin City West candidate Cathal Ó Conchúir.
At present the footpath comes to an “abrupt stop” at the entrance to Na Blatha Créige. “This is an issue that has come up time and again on doorsteps in the area — and not just those in Ard na Gaóithe — with residents pointing out that there is presently a serious danger to pedestrians because they are forced to walk on the road once they pass Na Blatha Créige,” said Mr Ó Conchúir.
“This seems to be yet another instance where the City Council has sanctioned developments without making provision for essential infrastructure to accompany those developments. This should addressed before an accident occurs.”
Another issue raised in the same area is the need for a pedestrian crossing on the Western Distributor Road which would facilitate parents wishing to walk their children to Knocknacarra National School, said Mr Ó Conchúir.
“We regularly hear pious statements from politicians about the need to tackle childhood obesity and how we should encourage children to walk to school. Yet these same politicians have done nothing to make it easy for parents to make that choice. Trying to cross the Distributor Road at school time in the morning is next to impossible and is highly dangerous at present. A single pedestrian crossing near the national school — perhaps, somewhere near Bóthar Stiofan — would solve this problem with minimum impact on traffic flow,” he said.