26 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

TOWN councillors and gardai have agreed on joint moves to curb street charity fund-raising collections in the vicinity of a pedestrian crossing near a mini-roundabout at the Monaghan Road/Main Street junction in Castleblayney, because of the serious hazard posed to the safety of pedestrians.

The proposal was put forward at a meeting of the Castleblayney Town Council joint Policing Committee at the Glencarn Hotel, Blayney, on Monday night last.

It was claimed during the meeting that four pedestrians were killed in separate road traffic accidents during the past five years when struck by vehicles crossing the Main Street.

The most recent tragedy last month involving an elderly female pedestrian who was struck by a lorry, took place at the roundabout near the pedestrian crossing close to where charity fund-raising street collectors frequently congregate.

The Committee heard that there was, however, no street collection taking place on the day of the latest tragedy.

Garda Superintendent Gerry Russell, Carrickmacross, who accompanied Garda Sergt. Eric Boyle, Castleblayney, at the meeting said that groups seeking permits for future street collections in Castleblayney will be advised not to locate any of their collectors near the pedestrian crossing, or the hazardous ‘roundabout’ at West Street.

However, the garda officers conceded that normally permits were granted well in advance of collections, and, as a consequence, there could some difficulty in introducing the curb in restrospect.

But the Chairman, Cllr. David Funcheon said that while they wanted to emphasise they were not against charity collections on the street, and had, as a town council, used street collections to raise funds for the annual Halloween fireworks display in the town, their main concern was health and street safety.

He said it was therefore hoped as a result of media reportage of Monday night’s concerns that groups planning further collections in Castleblayney will recognize the Council’s position and avoid having any collectors operating in the vicinity of the hazardous pedestrian crossing, or the Monaghan Road Roundabout, pending possible changes to the street lay-out.

The Mayor of Castleblayney, Cllr. Aidan Campbell also reiterated …

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