Issues currently on our list are:
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.
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.
Safety fencing at Stokes Point We have 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 the summer by NZTA. Pity it was still fenced off for Anniversary Day, but it is a very suitable long-term solution. John Gillon of Kaipatiki Local Board has agreed to get action on the inadequate safety fence outside the NZTA’s area. (see NOTICES page)
Solid stuff and lovely views from NZTA and they have protected the remains of Te Onewa Pa.Not such a good look for the Iwi’s part – and this is the best bit of it. Childproof?? The KLB part is a bit better but is aging fast and not in good shape.
The left-hand lane from Rodney Road to Onewa Road in Queen Street and safety at the Queen/ Stafford/ Vincent/ Rodney intersection*
[13 May 2018] Now the work and markings from Onewa to Rodney on Queen Street are complete we have final proof that we were heard and influenced change so residents are no longer disadvantaged. 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.
What is still not clear is what is happening about safe road crossings for pedestrians, even after children have gone back to school and need that safety. Months after other components have been finished (piecemeal of course) there is still no white paint to protect pedestrians. Workmen have been protected at the expense of all others of us for over a year now. Interesting to hear that Westmere and Mt Albert residents are being faced with identical issues of AT obfuscation over cycleways and parking.
[Last year 2017] Following the meeting between NRA’s Kevin Clarke, Jonathan Coleman MP and two senior AT staff, here are AT’s responses to the 3 resolutions carried at the Wharf meeting 22 August:
This meeting demands that AT provide at least three x 3.5m wide traffic lanes in Queen St (two northbound, one southbound) to cover the full distance between Rodney Rd and Onewa Rd. The left Northbound lane must be a Clearway during morning peak times as at present. Carried (4 opposed, all others for)
AT Response – AT is currently investigating a couple of options to create sufficient road width to enable northbound vehicles to queue in two lines for the full length between Rodney Rd and Onewa Rd, as is currently the case. We will confirm the outcome with you once we have completed our investigation by the end of the week.
That AT provides pedestrian crossings at the eastern exits of Rodney and Vincent Roads to ensure the safety of pedestrians and particularly school children. Carried/Agreed
AT Response – Following further investigation, we concur that additional crossing facilities are required for pedestrians. We are currently in the process of assessing the type of facility that is most appropriate for this in these locations. We will aim to complete this work as part of the current construction work currently underway.
That AT provide the community with its drawn proposals arising from the above, prior to committing to construction and that construction be halted until this issue is resolved. Carried (1 opposed, all others for)
AT Response – Drawn proposals of any changes will be shared with the Local Board, then distributed publicly.
Skypath and Seapath – Watch this space … the lead contractor has withdrawn and now so has the Skypath trust. [and now in 2018] Councillors Hill and Darby are proud that AC and Government have under-written the project – but even their cost estimates have skyrocketed as they come to grips with the inadequacy of the original planning.
Access path/steps to Little Shoal Bay* An inspection is planned by KLB
Sun protection at children’s playgrounds* New KLB members are supportive.
Damage to the historic Maori Track in Little Shoal Bay* No action by KLB
AT’s Parking Plan for Northcote Point It’s happened. There are a lot less spaces in Queen Street but a few extras in Rodney (nowhere near the theatre !!!!) A group of residents met with AT staff on site and demonstrated the difficulty they now have getting out of their driveways onto the road. Already minor vehicle damage has occurred because angle parking has narrowed the roadway.
Noise abatement barriers on the Harbour Bridge at the Point We will resume pressure on NZTA in 2018.
The next harbour crossing
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 are rising steadily.
Bruce Street pushers-in Onewa:Bruce intersection to AT
* letters on these topics were tabled and spoken to at the Kaipatiki Local Board meeting 15th March.