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Parents of Waitara Central schoolchildren, who were concerned about the safety of the McLean St pedestrian crossing, volunteered to patrol it last term. (File photo)

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Parents of Waitara Central schoolchildren, who were concerned about the safety of the McLean St pedestrian crossing, volunteered to patrol it last term. (File photo)

Speaking out over safety concerns related to a crossing near Waitara Central School has paid off, with changes on the way to increase its visibility.

Waitara Central School principal Vickie Kahupukoro believed it was only a matter of time before someone was hit and injured on the McLean St pedestrian crossing, near Cracroft St.

Not all motorists stopped for people waiting to cross the road, including students on their way to and from school, and there were other hazards which impacted safety, including a lack of visibility of the pedestrian crossing itself.

Due to the level of concern over safety, a volunteer parent patrol at the crossing started in term two, while Kahupukoro remained in contact with the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) regarding upgrade options.

Last week, NPDC came to the party with some interim measures to help.

In an email sent to Kahupukoro on July 4, she was advised an engineer had visited the site and recommended action be taken in the coming weeks to make the crossing more visible.

This included upgrading advance warning signs, installing tactile pavers on either side of the road to make waiting pedestrians more visible, and cleaning and painting the poles with white reflector.

Waitara Central School principal Vickie Kahupukoro. (File photo)

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Waitara Central School principal Vickie Kahupukoro. (File photo)

The news was welcomed by Kahupukoro.

“We are getting some action from NPDC which is a positive move in the right direction.”

When term three begins on July 17, the school will also boost its own patrol efforts at the McLean St crossing.

Students and a staff member will be rostered on in the afternoons, meaning the volunteer parent group will only need to continue their efforts in the morning.



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