Sunday 8 December 2019

Ambulance couldn’t find house in rural area due to poor signage

Ambulance (Stock picture)
Ambulance (Stock picture)
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Poor signage in a rural town resulted in a family bringing their sick family member to the nearest town to meet an ambulance.

The ambulance crew was unfamiliar with the rural area of Kilkenny as it was coming from New Ross and valuable time was wasted as they searched for the family’s home.

Local Cllr. Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere said that it was a common problem in the area because there is no signage in rural areas once you come off the main roads in Kilkenny.

“One particular family lived a couple miles outside of the nearest town and the ambulance couldn’t find the house. One of the family members had suffered a mini-stroke and had fallen and was in a very bad way and the family had to put them in the back of the car and drive to the nearest town to meet the ambulance,” said Cleere.

Cleere put forward a motion to seek funding from the Department of Transport to provide funding to Kilkenny local council to put adequate signage and numbering on every primary, secondary and tertiary route in the area.

The Roads Act 1993 gives local authorities the duty to “assign a number or other identifying mark to each local road in respect of which it has responsibility” but Cleere said that the funding isn’t available for them to do so.

“We’re calling on Shane Ross and the Department of Transport to make the funding available to the local council so that roads can be adequately numbered,” said Cleere.

The motion was met with unanimous approval from local councillors and the council is now to write to the Department of Transport.

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