Drivers urged to go slow near schools
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.