The ‘dangerous’ parking situation before and after school times in Ballymahon was raised during a meeting of the Ballymahon Municipal District last week.
It was Cllr Mark Casey (Ind) who initiated the matter after he put forward a notice of motion requesting Longford Co Council to provide funding for a new car park in Ballymahon. “This,” he added, “is following the proposal from the Ballymahon Safepark group for the provision of a new car park beside the school.”
“It’s chaotic; kids everywhere in the mornings and all this at two of the largest secondary schools in south Longford as well as a national school,” remarked Cllr Casey. “There is a bit of land there and it would solve all the problems, so I do not understand why it is not being used. As far as I am concerned 50% of the work has already been done on this - the other 50% is to secure the funding necessary and put an end to this chaos once and for bloody all.”
Cllr Colm Murray (FG) who is a public representative in nearby Kenagh also alluded to the dangers posed in Ballymahon “during school hours”.
“It is a very serious issue,” he said, adding, “we need outside funding because it is not something that we can do ourselves.”
Cllr Mick Cahill (FF) then pointed to the necessity of dealing effectively with the matter. “In the interest of the safety of our children this must be addressed,” he said. “I fully support everything that is being said about this issue here today.”
Brian Faulkner, Longford County Council then told the meeting that ‘ownership’ of the piece of land in question was causing difficulties. “Really you are looking at a long term solution to this,” he added. “Short term however, we could create additional parking space, but surface water is also a serious issue here as well. I will look into this matter as quickly as possible.”
Mr Faulkner also pointed out that in the 40 years since the local schools became heavily populated, “there was no records of any accidents.”