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Friday 18 April 2014

Council can't hire a traffic warden

THE COUNCIL is looking at the possibility of providing a new crossing point to two primary schools in Swords, but admits that an embargo prevents it from hiring new school wardens.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) asked for a school warden for Swords Educate Together and Gaelscoil Brian Boroimhe, and suggested the new crossing point should be just after the Bunbury entrance and ' before the old gate'. Fingal County Council said it had been considering the issue and it explained: ' The Swords Educate Together and Gaelscoil Brian Boroimhe schools are located in the Applewood area of Swords, immediately west of Bunbury Gate and Castleview estates.

'The entrances to both schools are off a recently constructed road which is not in charge of Fingal County Council. 'A recent request for the provision of a school warden crossing point on the public road close to the school entrances is being examined by the traffic section.

'A meeting took place in October 2012 with the principal of the Swords Educate Together School, and a formal submission from the school in support of their request is being prepared.' The council added: 'Other measures have already been taken by the school to improve safety for patrons within the school grounds and on the private road referred to. But the council warned: ' It should be noted that Fingal County Council is not in a position at present to appoint new school wardens in the County due to restrictions on recruitment.'

That could mean if the plans go ahead, a school warden from elsewhere in the county may have to be relocated or shared with the Swords schools.

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