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Speeding angers Parklands residents

Antoinette Spicer

Mum won't let her children walk alone because of dangerous driving on her suburban street.

Queenspark Drive resident Jo Gwatkin said she had seen cars travelling at speeds more than 30kmh over the speed limit of 50kmh.

"I’m not even comfortable letting my daughter walk to the shop alone. You just don't know what’s going to happen," said Gwatkin.

Gwatkin, who lives 500 meters away from Queenspark School, believed the speeding was getting worse. 

"At night time it's horrendous. Cars speeding up and down. It's a family street. There are kids around," she said.

Burnouts are a common occurrence.

"It's not just this main street but also all the little streets off it," Gwatkin said.

Radiata Ave resident Demi Aroha Cook-Cox said speeding was also a problem on her street. 

"It sends shivers down my spine thinking about kids on their bikes and people out walking, she said.

"It's only a matter of time before something tragic happens."  

Despite the presence of police speed camera vans during school hours Gwatkin said police should increase their presence at night.

"You don't really see the police come around at night time, which is when it's really bad. I'll be sitting in the lounge and I can hear them going past," Gwatkin said.

Coastal Community Board Chairperson Kim Money said she was unaware of speeding issues on Queenspark Drive.

"It's something we will need to investigate and monitor."

Money said residents should write to the community board or address the issue in person at a board meeting.

Gwatkin said it was not clear enough for residents how they should bring issues like these to the board.

"I wouldn't have a clue where to go. I’m not one that would tend to go to meetings, and that’s purely because I’m a single mum," Gwatkin said.

"I have kids at home, so I don't have the childcare, but I’m quite happy to voice my opinion through a phone call or email."