Second year students of the Sacred Heart School Tullamore last week handed in a petition to Tullamore Town Council calling for a pedestrian crossing at their school.
The 1,000 signature strong petition collected from students, parents and teachers, called for a pedestrian crossing to allow for the introduction of Park and Stride at the school.
Cllr Sinead Dooley, Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council and a past pupil of the Sacred Heart School in formally accepting the petition commended the students on their work in putting together the petition and the manner in which they had put forward the case for a pedestrian crossing at the school entrance.
Cllr Dooley stated that as a parent associated with the school, she sees the need for a pedestrian crossing and committed to working with the Town Council to secure the necessary funds.
The student group explained to Cllr Dooley and senior officials from the Town Council that Park and Stride means driving some of the way to school, parking up and walking the rest of the way and that it is particularly good for families that live a long way from school and can’t walk the whole way.
The Sacred Heart students outlined that before they introduce Park and Stride, a pedestrian crossing must be in place at their school entrance and stated that Park and Stride will reduce congestion around the school entrance, making it safer for children to enter their school.
Paul Devaney, Town Engineer, while stating that the Town Council does not have funding to dedicate to this project, committed to making an application for funding and indicated a willingness to help the school to implement the Park and Stride initiative.
Julie Coughlan, Class Teacher in thanking the Town Council for receiving their petition, outlined that the Park and Stride project will help the school gain a fifth Green Flag for transport and stated that the Sacred Heart School has a strong tradition of participating in the Green Flag scheme.