Uki school boss fears for students
UKI Public School principal Jeff Robinson fears it is only a matter of time before one of his students is hit by a speeding car on Kyogle Road.
He says the vast majority of traffic going through the village disregards the speed limit, which makes the vital crossing a hazard for children and the rest of the community.
“It is a danger and it is a hazard. In two terms here I have witnessed 12 near-misses,” Mr Robinson said.
“I can't believe no one has been collected and I am concerned that one day I am going to have to go out there and try and revive someone.”
And the traffic is only expected to get worse, with further developments expected for outlying areas.
Mr Robinson, along with Neighbourhood Watch and the school's P&C have called for further traffic mitigation in the village, including a raised crossing and flashing “school zone” speed limit signs.
At Tuesday night's Tweed Shire Council meeting, the issue of the impact of Nightcap Village on Uki traffic was discussed.
Council officers brought forward a report outlining options for traffic control measures in the village to mitigate the impacts resulting from additional traffic expected to come from the Nightcap Village development to the west of Uki proposed by Peter van Lieshout. Former Mayor Joan van Lieshout declared an interest in the item and did not take part.
The Councillors endorsed proposed entry statements for the village which are expected to slow traffic at the start and finish of the village with a narrowing of the road and coloured paving treatment of the road surface.
Councillor Barry Longland successfully pushed for the crossing to be raised, as he said it would go a long way to improving the road safety at Uki.
Mr Robinson said he was happy with a raised crossing, should it go ahead, but would still like flashing lights, which have to be negotiated with the RTA.
And he would like drivers to slow down.