The Kāpiti Independent has written an open letter to Mr Wayne Maxwell, KCDC Chief Executive, asking for action to prevent children at risk of injury or death from dangerous traffic at Raumati Beach.
Editor Alan Tristram says this is part of a campaign ‘to get the Kāpiti Coast off its butt and actually do something about the appalling traffic jams and dangerous driving in Raumati.’
Every weekday many hundreds of children walk, cycle or scoot to the two schools and two early childhood centres in the area.
Letter to the Chief Executive
The Open Letter states:
‘Could you please give us an update on the Council’s plans to deal with heavy traffic in the Raumati Village and the consequent hazards created for hundreds of young children in the area.
‘The Kapiti Independent would like to know:
1. What is being done to improve safety for young children walking and cycling along all the roads leading to the Raumati Beach primary School, Kapiti College, and the two early childhood centres?
2. What is being done to enforce the 30k limit imposed recently?
3. Why a sign signifying a 50k speed has been left outside the primary school, thus increasing danger right outside the school.
4 Why hasn’t the KCDC installed speed bumps and raised crossings, as has been done, successfully, at Paraparaumu Beach?
5. Vehicles still drive at speed around the Pub at the corner of Matatua Rd and Raumati Road and have only a few metres to go before endangering pedestrians on the crossing from the car park to the Four Square Dairy. What is being done about this danger?
6. Is the Council taking any measures to get police co-operation to reduce the hazards? ( The Editor and his wife live locally, and have never recently seen any police road safety patrols.]
7. Do the KCDC officers realise that it is probably only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured, or killed, in this area unless something is done urgently.
The Kapiti Independent has raised this matter with the deputy Mayor and Cr Bernie Randall. But in spite of their goodwill, KCDC action is lacking.
We would be grateful for an early reply.
Editor, Kapiti and Coast Independent
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Raumati Beach 5032, NZ
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