Parents ‘living on nerves’ on 60mph road at school

Charmaine Harkin guides her children Nigel and Porchia along the narrow roadway outside Groarty Integrated Primary School. DER0516-102KM

Charmaine Harkin guides her children Nigel and Porchia along the narrow roadway outside Groarty Integrated Primary School. DER0516-102KM

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Parents of children at a Derry Primary School with a 60mph road at its entrance have spoken of safety fears during a meeting with Roads Minister Danny Kennedy.

Staff and parents at Groarty Primary School expressed anxiety over the speed limit, the lack of a footpath on the lane leading to the school gates and lack of parking

Charmaine Hargan, who walks her young son and daughter to the school each day said: “I be living on my nerves walking to and back from the school, even if I am walking on my own to come and collect them it’s horrendous. Cars fly along and I am holding their hands for grim death because it’s awful, the drivers don’t care, they just zoom on past.”

Minister Kennedy has given a firm commitment to look into the potentially lethal conditions after visiting the school on Wednesday.

The meeting was organised by SDLP Derry City Councillor John Boyle. He said his own father had attended the same school in the 1940s and had told him the road hasn’t changed much since then, adding: “That’s a clear indictment of the situation as it stands currently and I am very hopeful the Minister will listen to the concerns of the parents, take them on board and treat this matter as a priority.”

The Minister said: “We understand it’s a school, a very busy stretch of road, and it’s a relatively narrow one, so there are issues that are challenging, but we will attempt to try and make progress.”