CHILDREN’S safety could be in jeopardy if several school crossings in Monash are closed next year.
Monash Council announced last week it would study 11 crossings to determine whether they were used enough to warrant funding the supervisors.
Two crossings near St Leonard’s Primary School are under review.
The school’s principal Celia Ellis said closing the crossings would threaten children’s safety.
“We definitely want them to stay open.
“Some children are only able to walk to school because they are there.”
She said the two crossings were at busy and dangerous intersections, at the corner of Springvale and Waverley Roads, and Springvale Road near Wilson Road.
“If there is only one child using them, that child is important.”
Monash mayor Geoff Lake said that VicRoads had withdrawn its funding for the 11 supervisors.
“This means the council pays the full amount to maintain supervisors.
“The money would be better spent in related ways, like assisting schools with road safety initiatives.”
Schools would be notified at least six months before funding is cut.
The 11 crossings are:
Corner Springvale and Waverley Roads.
North Road near Brine Street.
North Road near Windsor Avenue.
Springvale Road near Wilson Road.
Stephensons Road near Kemp Avenue.
Austin Street near Dallas Avenue.
Brandon Park Drive near Chancellor Drive.
Gyton Avenue near Rowitta Drive.
Moriah Street near Bimbi Street.
Power Avenue near Yarrinup Avenue.
Wanda Street near Studley Street.