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Southern View: October 18, 2016

Southern View: October 18,

FREE TUESDAY OCTOBER 18 2016 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) Shop scan ENTER NOW! one of three $1000 379 7100 SHOPPING SPREES SEE full page inside for details Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Fears for the safety of children near school • By Caitlin Miles BUSY TRAFFIC outside Linwood Avenue School has parents fearful for the safety of their children as they walk to school, and they want the speed limit reduced urgently. Parents say the crossings at the busy Linwood Ave, Buckleys Rd and Aldwins Rd intersection, and the Linwood Ave crossing outside the school, are “too dangerous” for children to use safely. The school has called in the city council to look at reducing the speed limit on Linwood Ave from 50km/h outside the school to 40km/h, and to put in a flashing speed signs. Principal Blair Dravitski, who started at the school last week, replacing Gerard Direen, said it’s an issue the school want improved. He said the city council would be at the school on Wednesday to observe the issues around children safely navigating the traffic. The Southern View went to the school on Friday morning and spoke with concerned parents. Tracy Blackmun said she worries about her son, Keith, walking to school and having to navigate the traffic lights. “I drop him off right outside the gate every morning and pick him up right here too because I’m worried about his safety,” Mrs Blackmun said. “Something needs to be done because the kids need to be safe,” she said. Another parent, Lisa Harrison, said the school’s location is great, but she has a problem with the traffic and crossings. “It’s absolute crap, people need to be more careful driving around here. It’s too dangerous for the kids to get across safely,” Mrs Harrison said. Mr Dravitski said teachers had to be very vigilant at the crossings. “We think the signs will be effective in reminding people that they are around a school. We want our kids and families safe,” he said. “We want to get the ball rolling on this one. The focus is on safety.” •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the speed should be lowered to 40km/h outside Linwood Avenue School to improve safety? Do you think your children are safe getting to and from school? Email your thoughts to Caitlin. miles@starmedia.kiwi SAFETY: Tracy Blackmun drops her son, Keith, off directly outside the Linwood Avenue School gates because she is concerned for his safety crossing the busy roads. PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... House of Hearing 100% NZ Owned & Operated CLINIC PHONE Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora Papanui 03 310 7355 Ashburton 03 307 8949 Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location Drop blinds into us by 9am, at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), and collect them at the end of the day. New Blind Sales Priced from $30 www.blindcare.co.nz Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $20 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 7.30am to 5.00pm