Driv­ers urged to go slow near schools

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Res­i­dents near Wind­ley and Holy Fam­ily schools are call­ing for Porirua City Coun­cil to put up bet­ter sig­nage or mea­sures to slow traf­fic in the area, in­sist­ing it is just ‘‘a mat­ter of time’’ be­fore some­one is badly hurt.

Glouces­ter St res­i­dent Hay­den Nash and Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man and Wind­ley School board of trustees mem­ber Lepeti Tea want ac­tion taken.

‘‘My con­cern is for the chil­dren,’’ Ms Tea says. ‘‘Cars speed around these roads – ei­ther com­ing down [ from Can­nons Creek shops] or around past Porirua Park. It’s a safety is­sue, kids are cross­ing all the time, it’s very busy.’’

She and Mr Nash are aware of five cats and a dog killed by cars along the Mun­gavin stretch in the past four months. In the past year there have been ‘‘plenty’’ of mi­nor crashes, Ms Tea says.

One res­i­dent re­cently told her she won’t let her chil­dren play in the front yard be­cause cars have crashed into her fence.

Mr Nash says speed humps are not the an­swer, but more vis­i­ble school signs and ‘‘traf­fic calm­ing’’ mea­sures such as is­lands need to be con­sid­ered. He wants the pub­lic to be in­volved so they can take some ideas to coun­cil of­fi­cers in the near fu­ture.

‘‘I think peo­ple start to lose con­fi­dence if they see things aren’t get­ting done. The coun­cil needs to be proac­tive, be the am­bu­lance at the top of the cliff, in­stead of wait­ing for some­thing bad to hap­pen. We want a mo­bile and ac­tive com­mu­nity, but traf­fic along here is stop­ping that.’’

Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Peter Bai­ley says while the coun­cil’s fo­cus lies with im­prove­ments on Grays Rd, that isn’t to say Mun­gavin Ave won’t be looked at in the near fu­ture. He said there was ‘‘ nat­u­ral traf­fic­calm­ing’’ out­side the two schools due to the pedes­trian cross­ings, but they would con­sider ad­di­tional mea­sures if the pub­lic thought it was war­ranted.

Slow down: While there are laws re­quir­ing mo­torists to travel at 40kmh past schools, Hay­den Nash and Lepeti Tea want pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tion taken to slow mo­torists along Mun­gavin Ave.

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