Skypath and Seapath/AHBSharedPath – NZTA has now taken over the project, supported by Government, and its totally new design addresses nearly all the design and safety features which we highlighted during the earlier phase. Of course NZTA cost estimates have skyrocketed as they come to grips with the inadequacy of the Skypath planning. There is political will for it to happen, and solid engineering and safety planning is proceeding as part of NZTA’s Business Plan development. We met with their Project Manager/Engineer recently and are able to have input about the northern landing. For the Seapath NZTA’s planning favours the landward side of the motorway because it already owns the land and crossings from the seaward side to where people live and have access would be difficult and costly. Resource consent to use the seaward side would also be expensive and take a long time to get. NRA favours the seaward side, but that is now a lost cause.
ACTION IN RODNEY ROAD AT LAST The wheels of Council service delivery grind exceedingly slowly these days, but they are turning. The pedestrian crossing we pushed so hard for to enable children and others walking along Queen Street to get across Rodney Road safely in morning rush hour is now in place. So are other traffic calming measures detailed in the consultation document last year.
NORTHCOTE WHARF TEMPORARY CLOSURE Auckland Transport announced that they will spend $1m to repair the current wharf but not the $11m they claim it would cost to re-angle it to make it all-weather. We are still dissatisfied that they restrict public access for fishing. They now say planning will commence in April and components for the repair may not arrive until October and ……… When will our wharf be open for use again?
Three – no, FOUR WINs last year!!!
1 The left-hand lane from Rodney Road to Onewa Road in Queen Street stays It is now easy again to access the other side of Northcote from the Point using the left-hand lane, keeping clear of the Bridge queue. Now the work and markings from Onewa to Rodney on Queen Street are complete, we have final proof that we were heard and we influenced change, so residents are no longer disadvantaged. We are grateful for Kevin Clarke’s technical input and lobbying which helped achieve this.
2 Safety at the Queen/ Stafford/ Vincent/ Rodney intersection: Auckland transport consulted in June last year to get feedback on their plan for the pedestrian crossing we pushed for at the Queen Street end of Rodney Road. (See above). Of course we want a crossing at Vincent/Queen as well to make it a continuous safe walk for children and adults.
3 Tidiness and access at the Princes Street Reserve next to the Goldhole boatyard: After complaints from members and a site meeting of NRA, Boatowners and AC, cradles and rubbish on the reserve have been removed and Boatowners are attempting to get the catamaran wreckage removed from the beach itself. Ian Millar is making progress with the removal which should happen soon. AC will probably put up a sign advertising pedestrian access to the reserve via the boat owners’ concrete driveway.
4 Shadesails have been installed at the LSB children’s playground: Kaipatiki Local Board Chair John Gillon informed us they would install the shadesails before Christmas, and they did. Both NRA and LSBPS lobbied KLB for this in 2017.
Other issues currently on our list are:
Possible sale of Rosie Bolt Reserve in Alfred Street. NRA is supporting KLB in opposing the sale proposed by Panuku which acts for Auckland Council.
Public toilet provision NRA has supported provision of well-designed toilets on Jean Sampson Reserve. However it strongly opposes removal of the Bartley Street toilets. We need more public toilets, not less. The Halls Beach toilet is overdue for an upgrade.
Climate change flooding in Little Shoal Bay Over the past year this has become an increasingly worrying issue, with saltwater damage to the turf on the sports ground in Dudding Park and to the Bowling Club’s greens, as well as damage to underground power connections, the foreshore, the wetlands, the Bowling Club’s clubhouse and to carparks. High tide on February 3 2018 had bowlers very worried but the kids enjoyed it.
All King tides since have caused further damage. Kaipatiki Local Board is very concerned about the possible negative effects on the community’s recreational opportunities and finally received the AC-commissioned report on the options. Click this link for a Newsroom article and the back arrow < on your browser header to return here: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/09/24/251446/watery-limbo-for-flood-prone-bay
Safety fencing at Stokes Point We tried to get positive action from the bodies concerned for several years. What a pleasant surprise to see the excellent walkway and fencing provided over last summer by NZTA. The Kaipatiki Local Board’s safety fence on the wharf side is in good condition except at one section joint where a repair is needed.
Left Solid stuff and lovely views from NZTA and they have protected the remains of Te Onewa Pa.
Right Not such a good look for the Iwi’s part – and this is the best bit of it. Childproof??
The KLB part is better but does have one damaged section joint.
Access path/steps to Little Shoal Bay* An inspection was planned by KLB in 2018 but no action has occurred.
Damage to the historic Maori Track in Little Shoal Bay* No action by KLB (no money) but residents have started planting pohutukawa, cabbage trees and flax to stop serious erosion damage caused by children playing. The erosion accelerated after KLB/AC Parks removed protective vegetation.
AT’s Parking Plan for Northcote Point It’s happened and we have a lot fewer spaces than before the Safe Cycle Path. We were right, AT were wrong, but they won anyway.
Noise abatement barriers on the Harbour Bridge at the Point We will resume pressure on NZTA in 2019.
The next harbour crossing ??? W&S ???
Heritage – needs a champion. Is it you? Please volunteer.
Onepoto Basin maintenance or lack of it. Kevin Fox is a real terrier of a watchdog and is regularly holding KLB, AC and contractors to account for poor maintenance practices and breaches of traffic restrictions and safety. However, the parks maintenance contractor is now under new management and standards of that part of residents’ concerns are rising steadily. AC contractor behaviour however is not improving.
King Street Reserve Some members have expressed concerns from time to time about the status and condition of the King Street Reserve, accessed from a common driveway/right-of-way opposite King Street. The Kaipatiki Local Board had the access improved and a sign erected. This is a pleasant little reserve going down to the shoreline and is well worth a visit.