Community fears confirmed as 10 year old boy is knocked down in Whitecross

July 28, 2014

By Christine Keighery

Fews area Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has pledged her continued support for the Whitecross community in their quest to secure appropriate road improvements and traffic calming measures in the locality, after a 10 year old boy was knocked down in St. Killian’s Park last week.

Speaking to The Examiner following the incident, Councillor Mulgrew revealed that she had met with Roads Service officials, along with the Community Association and the PSNI a number of weeks ago to discuss road improvements, traffic calming measures and the need for a footpath in the area.

“The key demand by local residents was for a footpath. Everyone, including Roads Service, agreed that the development of a footpath in that locality would be of great benefit to both pedestrians and motorists and the job was passed to the Traffic and Planning department where it is currently being processed,” said Councillor Mulgrew.

“This is something I’ve been working on with the community since I was co-opted in January.  We’ve had several meetings with Roads Service and the PSNI and this unfortunate accident involving a young local boy who was hit by a car has confirmed the fears of the community.  Something like this happening has been everyone’s worst nightmare and, although his injuries are not life threatening, this young boy required surgery in the Royal Victoria Hospital and is certainly going to be off his feet for a while.  We wish him a speedy and full recovery.”

“Ultimately, this is about the health and well being of all and I would urge motorists and pedestrians in the area to be extra vigilant,” added the Councillor

“There is a determination within this community to ensure that as best as practically possible all that is needed in relation to traffic calming and road safety will be obtained. I have pledged my support for these aims and will work with all to deliver them”