The ongoing issue of improved safety measures at The Rock National School was raised once again at the recent Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District meeting in Laois County Council.
Mountmellick based councillor Paddy Bracken called for funding for extension to the footpath from Mountmellick to the Rock National School in the interest of safety.
Cllr Bracken told the meeting that he had raised this issue earlier this year and while he had the full support of his fellow councillors, “we were flabbergasted by the estimated price that came back”.
“This needs to be done. It’s a busy road and it’s a school with over 200 students and a big catchment area.”
Farhan Nasiem, an engineer for the council, said that the council’s Road Design Section would meet Cllr Bracken at the site “to prepare design proposals which will be subject to resources being available”.
Ballyfin and Paddock national schools
Elsewhere, news that work was to be carried near both Ballyfin and Paddock schools was welcomed by the councillors.
Engineer for the area Edmond Kenny explained that new lights and signs outside the schools will be provided and came under Clár funding with the schools also making a contribution.
This work is to proceed by the end of quarter 1 in 2020.