AREAS OF DRUMGEELY have been “ploughed up” by lorries traversing by St John’s National School and surrounding houses, an elected representative has claimed.

A reduction of the green space opposite the Shannon primary school was sought by Cllr Donna McGettigan (SF) at a recent sitting of the Shannon Municipal District.

She explained, “this is quite a small area and delivery trucks are having to go up on this area to turn around. This being directly outside a school is causing safety concerns. I am also requesting that the white lines be repainted in the parking spaces in the same area”. McGettigan said “severe damage” had been caused by the trucks with “serious safety concerns” as the trucks are turning in close proximity to the school.

Senior executive engineer, Tom Mellett outlined that a request had been issued to the road design office to check the turning capacity at the location so that the required scale of adjustment could be recommended.

While seconding the proposal, Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND) commented, “there are quite a lot of road markings in the area that could do with refreshing, the same as a lot of areas in Shannon”.

Recalling a recent trip to the school, Cllr Michael Begley (IND) stated, “I couldn’t believe the design, layout and kerbing in the area”. He noted that waste collection services had to try manoeuvre past the kerb when doing their rounds, “the whole design needs to be reviewed, it doesn’t make sense”.

Lorries are going into the back of housing estates throughout Shannon “and are ploughing up areas,” Cllr Pat O’Gorman (FF) flagged. “When they were built they weren’t built for large lorries, the whole place has been ploughed up”. O’Gorman spoke of one family living in the area which includes a pregnant woman that had to park their car at the back of the house for when they had to “race to the maternity” due to the difficulties in getting to parked cars at the front.

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