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Southern View: November 29, 2016

Southern View: November 29,

FREE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29 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 SHOPPING SPREES SEE full page inside for details 379 7100 Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Petition launched to slow drivers near schools • By Caitlin Miles MOMENTUM IS gathering for the city council to reduce speed restrictions outside Linwood Avenue, Te Waka Unua and St Anne’s Catholic schools after National list MP Nuk Korako started a petition in support. Southern View joined with the three schools last month, calling for the city council to reduce the speeds outside the school from 50km/h to 40km/h and to install flashing speed limit lights. Mr Korako (left) has set up a petition to garner more support for the proposal. He has also issued hard copies of the petition to the schools. He plans to close the petition on December 16 and present it to the city council shortly after. “I want to get the process going over Christmas to hopefully get things changed while the kids aren’t there,” he said. Schools are concerned about the safety of children on the way to and from school, with families fearful of another accident. Last year ex-pupil Isaiah Matoe was hit by a car outside the school when he tried to cross Ferry Rd. As a result his left ear had to be glued back on and he was left with cuts and bruises. Te Waka Unua School principal Janeane Reid said the school is currently on a city council waiting list to have their road safety assessed. She said she hopes the petition will put the school higher on their list. “We don’t want to sit on a waiting list forever while our little people are at risk,” Miss Reid said. Linwood Ave School has been in discussions with the city council about safety. City council staff have suggested adding another school sign to let drivers know about the school. However, principal Blair Dravitski would still like to see flashing signs outside the school. St Anne’s Catholic School principal Dallas Wichman said he hopes the petition will spur the city council into action. “We’re on board, just anything that will help,” he said. “Ferry Rd is a mad road so we want the speed reduced,” he said. Traffic figures from April showed an average of 24,600 vehicles per day used Ferry Rd, between Osborne St and Aldwins Rd, with 1810 during peak traffic from 8am-9am and the same figures for the school peak between 3pm and 4pm. SAFETY: MP Nuk Korako has joined the call for speed limits to be reduced outside Linwood Ave (above) Te Waka Unua (left) and St Anne’s Catholic schools in a bid to increase pupil safety. PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN & CAITLIN MILES 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