Cllr Cadogan Enright met with PSNI traffic management last Wednesday at Edward Street outside Our Lady and St Patrick’s primary school in Downpatrick to watch traffic flows and discuss options.
Cllr Enright said “I would like to thank local PSNI commander Deirdre Bones for arranging this meeting with her representative Paul Symington, and feel there will be some useful outcomes from the on-site inspection. During the meeting, Constable Symington was able to contact the traffic safety department in Roads Service and arrange for the schools warning signs to be replaced. Some of these disappeared when the signs for the one-way system were taken away last February”.
“Since that meeting, I had correspondence last Thursday from the Fire Service indicating that they broadly support the Ambulance Service view on the direction of any return to a one-way system on Edward Street. And on Friday I was able to bring this to the attention of a senior Roads Service engineer at a meeting in the St Patricks Centre. I have briefed school management and other local parties on this issue”, continued Cadogan Enright.
“This means that I have had correspondence now from Translink, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service in addition to representations by Health Board personnel and Down Council itself supporting local people on this subject. I believe the Roads Service is now coming under considerable pressure to reconsider its opinion in this matter” concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright.