COLAC Primary School officials have challenged a proposal to remove a supervisor from a Colac school crossing.
Colac Otway Shire Council wrote to the school’s principal Shelby Papadopoulos last month, detailing a plan to remove the supervisor from the crossing at Chapel Street.
The letter said the crossing had become “unviable” after the council monitored usage over a “substantial period of time”.
Ms Papadopoulos said she completed an audit and found pupils used the crossing more than the letter described.
She said supervision was vital at the busy intersection before and after school.
“The footpath configuration on that corner creates issues for pupils, there’s no actual footpath on the north side of the Chapel Street bridge,” Ms Papadopoulos said.
“The students who cross the bridge have to cross on the south side.
“The other concern I have is the significant amount of traffic that goes through that intersection,” she said.
“On an average day between 3.20 and 3.30 there’s between 90 and 100 cars that go through that section of Chapel Street.
“There’s also a further 50 or more vehicles that use Polwarth Street to turn into Chapel Street; it’s a particularly busy corner with blind spots.”
Ms Papadopoulos said the timing of the letter had also caused concern.
“For us to be notified of this towards the end of February when we currently have 225 students in the school as opposed to September last year when we had 185 students in the school seems to make little sense,” she said.
“If you have more students surely there’s more need for supervision.”
Council chief Sue Wilkinson said the council had no immediate plans to remove the supervisor at Chapel Street.
“Council has no plans to shut the crossing in Chapel Street down. Instead, we plan to further monitor the crossing’s use during Term Two,” she said.
“If the crossing proves to have low use rates, council will consider having it operate as an unsupervised crossing, however flags and other markings would remain in place.”