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Only ‘one way’ to fix Drumadonnell parking.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Only ‘one way’ to fix Drumadonnell parking. thumbnail A new staff car park has also been proposed on lands beside the school purchased by the Education Authority

A NEW car parking system looks set to be introduced at Drumadonnell Primary School.

Plans for a one-way system and a separate staff car park have been submitted to Planning Service.

If approved it will mean an overhaul of the school's existing visitor car parking and pupil setdown/ pickup arrangements.

Principal Keith Spiers says the proposed new car parking facilities will help "improve traffic management around the school".

The Dromara Road school in Moneyslane / Ballyroney has grown significantly in size since it was built in 2000. Already two extra classrooms have been added to accommodate the increased pupil numbers and a self contained nursery unit has been added.

Extra pupils means more traffic to and from school so to keep up with the extra visitors and school setdowns and pickups, especially as there is now no 2pm bus run available, a new and improved layout has been suggested.

It is understood that the Education Authority purchased a plot of land beside the school so a staff car park could be created meaning current spaces could be freed up for parents.

Access to this new staff car park will be via the construction of a new bridge culvert.

At present there is a roundabout at the front of the school however the plans show that this is set to be replaced with a one-way system.

The current entrance and exit will become an exit only with a new entrance located on the other side of the current car parking spaces. The existing layby will also be removed.

The plans are now with planning officials in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

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