Coun­cil puts brakes on speed­ing driv­ers

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - ELLEN O’DWYER-CUNLIFFE

Speed cush­ions and a ze­bra cross­ing will be placed on Wadding­ton Dr in Nae­nae fol­low­ing a string of crashes on the street.

Hutt City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved rec­om­men­da­tions by coun­cil of­fi­cers last week to im­ple­ment a num­ber of safety mea­sures, in­clud­ing six sets of speed cush­ions.

A key ob­jec­tive is to pro­tect Nae­nae Pri­mary School pupils from speed­ing ve­hi­cles on their way to and from school. A raised ze­bra cross­ing will be in­stalled at the school.

Other changes in­clude plac­ing curve warn­ing signs at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wadding­ton Dr and Cole St, and up­graded street­lights.

East­ern Ward coun­cil­lors Glenda Bar­ratt and Lisa Brid­son were pleased with the mea­sures.

‘‘Coun­cil has lis­tened to the con­cerns of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and of­fi­cers have worked quickly to find a so­lu­tion, which is so im­por­tant when it’s the safety of our com­mu­nity that is at risk,’’ Bar­rett said.

Brid­son said the ma­jor­ity of the com­mu­nity was in ‘‘full sup­port of putting some­thing in to slow traf­fic down’’.

Wadding­ton Dr at­tracted at­ten­tion when res­i­dent Blair Ansell placed a row of con­crete bol­lards out­side his home to pro­tect his fam­ily and their prop­erty.

Coun­cil traf­fic as­set man­ager Damon Sim­mons told the coun­cil 14 crashes were re­ported on the street in the last five years, eight in­volv­ing the driver los­ing con­trol of their ve­hi­cle.

He said the new mea­sures were the best com­pro­mise between low­er­ing speeds and in­creased in­con­ve­nience to res­i­dents.

Coun­cil­lor for Wainuiomata Ward Camp­bell Barry noted there were sim­i­lar con­cerns with high speeds along cer­tain roads in Wainuiomata.

‘‘I think it is an is­sue, and I think it is get­ting worse.’’

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