Crossing the answer to school danger spot
A safety issue near Papakowhai School could be alleviated next month with the installation of a kea crossing.
Parents on the Papakowhai and Paremata Community group Facebook page have spoken of near misses near the corner of Spey Place, where children cross the road in different places.
One concerned father said the situation would only be prioritised and resolved when someone was badly hurt, or worse. Parking near the school has also been an issue at drop-off and pick-up time.
Spey Place is often choked so children are dropped off in Tweed Rd.
Porirua City councillor Denys Latham said he observed the entrance to Spey Place from 2.50pm to 3.10pm one day last week and the lack of control, with children milling around in different places, was concerning.
He has talked to Papakowhai principal Mark Smith and said a solution was being offered by Porirua City Council as early as next month.
‘‘There’s something on the books – a kea crossing. It’s on the radar for the next financial year. We hope to get it going in July,’’ he said.
A kea crossing takes place on a road where there are no street markings. Children with barriers, supervised by an adult or school staff member, can halt traffic at key times.
‘‘It would certainly solve a situation and parents could quite happily drop their kids off further up Tweed or Eskdale Rd,’’ Latham said.
Smith said it was a good outcome, because a crossing would potentially ease parking issues.
‘‘What we want is one place for children to cross the road, instead of multiple spots.
‘‘But it’s not a straightforward matter, as we have a bus stop and dairy close by that we can’t just remove.
‘‘A school-time crossing as opposed to a pedestrian crossing makes sense and once we get training from the police, staff and the kids will man it,’’ Latham said.