Carrick Town Council has shot down a proposal to develop a parking bay for school buses at O’Hickey Place in Carrickbeg.
Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan tabled a motion at the Town Council’s latest meeting calling for a bus parking bay at this location for health and safety reasons for local school children, who use the buses that stop in this area.
She submitted there was a tarmac area at O’Hickey Place suitable for a parking bay.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien responded that this location on the regional road was not suitable for school bus parking or the collection of children for road safety reasons because of the volume of traffic, the road width, the proximity of the bend and steep gradient of the hill.
The Council instead recommended that school buses park within one of the adjacent estates as a safer option.
Cllr Cooney-Sheehan said she wasn’t accepting the Council’s response and requested a meeting with the Town Engineer to discuss the issue.
She said a 48-seater bus couldn’t go into the housing estate and there were also four mini-buses that collect children in this area.
Mayor of Carrick Cllr Kieran Bourke also called on the Council to look again at the proposal.
He believed the tarmac area at O’Hickey Place with some alterations was an ideal location for a 48-seater bus to stop and pick up children.