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Kelson calls for a pedestrian crossing

15 June 2018

Chris Bishop MP with Kathryn Dickens, chair of the Kelson Community Association

This week MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop’s petition for a pedestrian crossing on Major Drive was delivered to Mayor Ray Wallace of Hutt City Council.

“Kelson residents have been calling for a pedestrian crossing on Major Drive for many years but the Council has not acted. It’s time they got on with it.

“The current arrangements on Major Drive are totally inadequate. Drivers don’t know whether to stop or keep going at the existing kea crossing by the school, even when the school patrol is active. Parents and children regularly wait for some minutes before venturing out to cross the road, always worried a car will come along with no obligation to stop.

“The present crossing is unsafe and presents a danger to those it is supposed to protect. A pedestrian crossing is needed now so that motorists know they need to stop and so that parents and children can cross the road safely”, says Bishop.

The petition has 536 signatures from concerned Kelson residents, showing clear community support for the new crossing.

“It’s just common sense that there should be a pedestrian crossing on a busy road near to schools and kindergartens.

“Thank you to everyone who signed my petition. I hope this will send a strong message to Council that the time to act is now.”

The petition has support from Kelson School, Kelson Kindergarten, Discovery Christian Centre, the Kelson Community Association, and the Four Square.


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