Wicklow County Council, in conjunction with An Taisce and the National Transport Authority, is proposing to improve road safety adjacent to schools in the county as part of the NTA Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programme. The purpose of the schemes is to make the areas immediately adjacent to the schools safer so that children can be encouraged and facilitated to walk and cycle to the schools safely.
A parent survey carried out in 2021 indicated that 98% of the parents of children attending SS Michael and Peter support works at the front of school that improve student safety and put pedestrians and cyclists first.
The purpose of this non-statutory public consultation is to advise the public that Wicklow County Council proposes to undertake construction of Traffic Calming and pedestrian safety measures on St Mary’s Road, Collins Street, Connelly Street and along Castle Park.
Supported by the school board of management, these designs have been developed based on best practice and guidance which addresses safety issues raised by SS Michael and Peter.
The proposed scheme consists of carriageway narrowing along Castle Park, installation of bollards along sections of St. Mary’s Road and Castle Park, colour contrast road surfacing, school zone signage, road markings and public realm improvements in the vicinity of the school gates.
Drawings are available for inspection below and on display in the Arklow MD District Office, Castle Park, Arklow, Y14 FX63 from Wednesday 12th to Wednesday 26th July 2023. It is intended to undertake the proposed works during August/September.
The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the proposal. Submissions should be lodged with the Active Travel Team, Arklow MD District Office, Castle Park, Arklow, Y14 FX63 or by the portal below, to be received by 5pm on Wednesday 26th July 2023.
Please note that comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council regarding this process will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may also appear in the public domain.