Our kids’ safety is top pri­or­ity

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Keep­ing our kids safe around schools is a key theme in the Coun­cil’s road safety work in Porirua. The lat­est project has bene ted Pa­pakowhai School chil­dren and other road safety projects in Porirua East are in the pipe­line. In Pa­pakowhai, park­ing re­stric­tions have been brought in to com­ple­ment a new Kea Cross­ing be­ing run by Pa­pakowhai School to help chil­dren nav­i­gate across Tweed Rd. Coun­cil­lor Denys Latham says the move is a re­sponse to de­mand from the school and lo­cal fam­i­lies for a safe cross­ing for the chil­dren. “It’s hav­ing a very pos­i­tive ef­fect and I’ve heard noth­ing but good feed­back,” he says. Mean­while, $120,000 worth of road safety projects in East­ern Porirua has been ap­proved by Te Komiti and will be con­sid­ered by the full Coun­cil in early De­cem­ber. The projects in­clude cross­ing points and pedes­trian refuge sta­tions around Na­tone Park School in Wai­tan­girua. Coun­cil­lor Izzy Ford said the money had been set aside for the re­newal of in­fra- struc­ture as­so­ci­ated with the Hous­ing New Zealand Re­newal Project in East­ern Porirua. How­ever, that project is now on hold so there was an op­por­tu­nity to in­vest it in mi­nor road safety projects. “It’s good to be able to fund a num­ber of road safety im­prove­ments in East­ern Porirua. I think it’s awe­some that the walk to school for our kids will be a lit­tle safer,” she said. Other traf c projects will look at road safety mea­sures and traf c calm­ing in a num­ber of Can­nons Creek streets in­clud­ing; Bed­ford, Fan­tame, Glouces­ter Streets and Cas­tor Cres.

Pa­pakowhai School pa­trol team Jar­rod McKee (9), Harry Wal­ters (10), and Brooke Fer­gu­son (10) show Coun­cil­lor Denys Latham across the new Kea Cross­ing.

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