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Kawerau speed cushions to deter hoons

Kawerau District Council will be trialling three polyethylene speed cushions in an attempt to slow hoons in the town and increase pedestrian safety.

Council staff had originally suggested that 15 of the speed cushions be installed, but councillors raised objections that the proposed locations might not be ideal.

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school grounds beside it. 25Kph road signs and a speed bump
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A speed hump with a pedestrian crossing will be installed outside Te Whata Tau o Putauaki kura on Galway Street as the council attempts to make Kawerau streets safer. Photo: CHARLOTTE JONES/LDR

The discussion was held at a council meeting last week.

Two people attended the meeting to complain about the effect hoons were having on their streets.

One woman who lived on Cobham Drive said there were three people racing dirt bikes down her street on Sunday night.

“They weren’t wearing helmets and were doing wheelstands as they ripped down the street,” she said.

“Where is the police presence?”

A man who lived on Beattie Road said residents there were also having issues with speeding cars, including the local school bus, and racing dirt bikes.

“I have rung the police, but they were a no-show,” said the man.

“Someone is going to die.”

Council operations and services manager Hanno van der Merwe had earlier suggested that the council install speed cushions or concrete speed humps in an attempt to curb the problem.

Mr van der Merwe had recommended speed humps as they were cheaper, could be installed by council staff and were movable if it was decided another location would be better.

A report given to councillors recommended the speed humps be installed at the 15 locations across town.

This included three on Massey Street, two on Tuwharetoa Road, one on Mawake Road, three on River Road, three on Newall Street and three on Galway Street.

However, councillors felt this was “overkill” and that other locations should also be considered.

“I don’t think we need all these humps,” said Mayor Malcolm Campbell.

“To have three in Massey Street is not necessary.”

Councillor Aaron Rangihika suggested that a speed hump combined with a pedestrian crossing be installed on Galway Street outside Te Whata Tau o Putauaki kura after he saw two near misses involving school children there recently.

“I know the principal there is really worried and there is no added safety aspect for kids,” said Mr Rangihika.

“I really think we need to position one near the school; what’s the price of a life?”

Councillor Warwick Godfery said speed cushions needed to be installed on Beattie Road, councillor Carolyn Ion said the cushions also needed to be installed near the Valley Road “dip” and councillor Rex Savage said some also needed to be installed on Fenton Mill Road as a lot of racing occurs there.

Mr Savage agreed there was a need for one near the kura as it was only a matter of time before the “kids get skittled”.

Councillors suggested staff prepare a new report on the positioning of the speed cushions before coming back to council.

Mr van der Merwe said he would really like to install some of the speed cushions now to see how they worked and then bring a report back to the council on the rest early next year.

After some discussion it was agreed a speed hump combined with a pedestrian crossing would be installed on Galway Street following discussion on the exact location with the kura, while one speed cushion would be installed near 8 Massey Street, one near 125 River Road and one on Tuwharetoa Road with the exact location yet to be determined.

“The one on River Road will take a hammering, and this should indicate to us exactly how hardy they are,” said Mr Campbell.

The original report states a speed cushion near 8 Massey Street would cost $4,820 excluding GST and one near 125 River Road would cost $6,777 excluding GST.

It also noted that the speed cushions would play an integral part in controlling vehicle speeds, but a long-term view should be taken on the installation of permanent traffic calming measures such as chicanes, intersection improvements, mountable roundabouts, raised traffic islands and speed tables.

The installation of speed cushions falls under “minor safety” and is therefore a New Zealand Transport Authority funded activity.

The council has received funding of $35,000 for 2019/20 and $36,500 for 2020/21 for the cushions.

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