Calls for immediate road action for child safety at The Rock

Mid-Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill (centre) pictured with Sinn Fein Councillor Cathal Mallaghan (first on left) and local residents of The Rock. The MLA has called on Road Service to immediately improve road safety close to a primary school and GAA club.

Mid-Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill (centre) pictured with Sinn Fein Councillor Cathal Mallaghan (first on left) and local residents of The Rock. The MLA has called on Road Service to immediately improve road safety close to a primary school and GAA club.

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A MID-ULSTER MLA has said immediate action needs to be taken by Roads Service over footpaths and road speeds close to a primary school at The Rock.

Assemblywoman Michelle O’Neill met with concerned residents and community representatives to discuss a number of issues surrounding road safety in the village.

One of the main concerns surrounds a footpath that ends just before the village’s school. Worry has also been expressed over the narrowness of a road and bridge close to the Church and GAA Club.

Children travelling from the school to Church are currently being forced to walk on the road where “two vehicles can not meet comfortably”.

Residents also want to see speed limits in the village to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

Members of the local GAA Club, St Patricks Primary School, The Rock Community Group and the Historical Society met with the MLA and local councillor Cathal Mallaghan to impress their views about road safety in The Rock.

Speaking at the meeting Michelle O’Neill said “We will ensure that the views of the people in the Rock are represented at the highest level and the least they deserve is a safe route to and from their School, Church and GAA club”.

Michelle received letters of support and petitions from all the groups represented.

Councillor Mallaghan said a simple solution to the problem could be a suspended bridge close to the GAA club.

He added: “It’s ironic we have hit a roadblock with Road Service but hopefully we can get these issue’s resolved”.