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Road issues need addressed delegation tell council

Michelle NicPhaidin

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Rotting trees, a dangerous pool, speed and many other issues on Gaoth Dobhair road

Rotting trees at the side of a road, an increase in the speed limit beside a busy school, pipe bursts, fading white lines on the road, lack of parking and a dangerous pool without a barrier posing a danger to road users are but a few of the issues that a delegation from Coshcladdy brought before a meeting of the Glenties Municipal District on Tuesday.

Speed limit
A member of the delegation, Séamus Corbett said he was very concerned when the speed limit beside Bunbeg school was increased from 60k/p/h to 80k/p/h in June 2017.
He said: “We had enough problems with cars speeding on it and instead of improving road safety, it has gone backwards.”
He said the increase in speed meant a greater breaking distance and therefore greater danger.
He said a unit later measured the average speed of road users and found that on average people were driving over 84k/p/h.

School safety
The delegation pointed out that there were dips on the road and the busy road has only two street lights on it.
They also said the area around the school was exceptionally dangerous due to a very limited parking area.
Former school principal, Joe Diver, said an accident may happen there as there is nowhere to park.
Councillors addressed the concerns of the delegation at the meeting. They said that the issue of speed limits would have to be revisited on that road as part of the national review in 2020.

Car park
Councillors also said that the question of purchasing land for a school car park may be investigated in conjunction with the department of education.
The delegation were also informed that the road may be widened under the village renewal scheme.
The Director of Services, Michael McGarvey, said t there ought to be a school safety audit carried out at the Bunbeg National School.
He said that if there is a safety issue at the school that the audit must be carried out.
The Cathaoirleach of the Glenties Municipal District, Cllr John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh said the tall trees that could fall across the road and pose dangers to road users, must be cut down. He added that discussions must take place with land owners.