Cross­ing the an­swer to school dan­ger spot

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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