A PRIMARY school principal has warned that unless Cork City Council revises its school traffic warden policy, parents could be forced to disrupt city center traffic with daily protests.

“We don’t want to have to protest, but if that’s what it takes to protect our children then we’ll bring the city to a standstill,” said Maura O’Riordan, director of Cork Educate Together NS on Grattan Street. echo.

Ms O’Riordan had previously said that large volumes of traffic ignored her school’s pedestrian crossing every day and that without a principal it would be ‘only a matter of time before something terrible happened’.

Grattan Street has two one-way lanes outside the school, and Ms O’Riordan said the right lane tends to have a backlog of traffic, while the left lane tends to be more fluid, with drivers focusing on traffic lights. , vehicles stopped at the zebra crossing and children were forced to weave through traffic.

Ms O’Riordan said her school had repeatedly requested a traffic cop and had been told their application had been turned down due to a lack of funding.

She said there had been a number of recent near-misses outside of school and she had made several reports to An Garda Síochána.

Ms O’Riordan said she invited every councilor to come to Grattan Street and witness the traffic the children were forced to navigate on a daily basis.

“If we don’t get a clear commitment by Monday April 16 that Cork City Council (CCC) will review their school traffic warden policy, we will have no choice but to stage a protest on the pedestrian crossing every morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. said Ms. O’Riordan.

A CCC spokesperson said echo principal locations were selected historically and remained unchanged for several years, with no additional funding made available.

« CCC [has] a fixed number of head teacher positions and unfortunately all of these positions are already being rolled out to schools across the city,” the spokesperson said.

“There are many schools across the city [without] a principal and all requests for such service are logged and will be assessed and prioritized in the event that additional resources become available to fund additional principal positions.

An assessment of Rue Grattan, carried out by the CCC in November, recommended a number of short-term measures, at an estimated cost of €12,000.

These recommendations included removing a parking zone outside the school and erecting bollards to prevent cars from parking outside the school, replacing the current flashing amber lights with brighter LED lights and painting of the zebra crossing. The drop zone was removed three weeks ago, bollards were erected and the zebra crossing was repainted.

The report also contained a number of long-term recommendations, at an estimated cost of €50,000, including the construction of the causeway and the installation of an elevated zebra crossing, but the report noted that it did not there was currently no budget for such work.

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