Our kids’ safety is top priority
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.