BOLLARDS will be installed on a long stretch of road outside Scoil Bhríde in Portlaoise due to regular parking chaos.
Traffic and parking problems at the biggest primary school in Laois were described as “manic” at a council meeting.
County council officials recently met the school principal to discuss parking issues on the public road outside the school, particularly during drop-off and collection times. According to senior engineer Wes Wilkinson, the outcome was a proposal that bollards be installed on one side of the road in Knockmay, from the pedestrian entrance to the school as far as the junction on the Ballyfin link road.
The issue was highlighted at a meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District by cllr Willie Aird, who asked for bollards to be installed outside the school on Harpurs Lane, which caters for more than 750 children.
Cllr Aird said he felt the installation of bollards on only one side of the road was not enough, but he accepted the views of the school principal. He said: “The principal is in charge of the school, so if the principal is happy with this proposal, that is good.”
Describing parking problems at the school as “just manic”, cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said she was delighted with the council’s response, as the issue had a knock-on effect on residents in the area. She said: “It’s crazy the way they are parking there, right up to Clonrooske View. I can’t understand why they are not allowed to drive into the school, but residents say the gates are closed.”
Mr Wilkinson said he understood that the set-down area was designed to be outside the school so that traffic would keep moving, but it didn’t always work out that way.
Cllr Dwane Stanley said she welcomed the proposal, as at least it would prevent parking on one side of the road. She said: “There’s a huge number of children there and many of them walk to and from the school, so at least it will be safer for them.”