Northcote Wharf temporary closure   See NOTICES page, which also has current progress on other issues in the 9 October Executive Meeting report.

 

Three WINs !!!

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* [13 June 2018] News at last: Auckland transport are consulting to get feedback on their plan for a pedestrian crossing at the Queen Street end of Rodney Road.  Click to see the plan:   rodney-rd-and-queen-st-zebra-crossing and give feedback to: http://www.at.govt.nz /Projects and Roadworks/ Have your say on current consultations/ Northern Consultations. 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.

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.

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.

The Kaipatiki Local Board is very concerned about the possible negative effects on the community’s recreational opportunities and has been trying for over a year to hurry up the AC-commissioned report on the options.  Click this link for a recent 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 the 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.

 

Skypath and Seapath – Watch this space … the lead contractor withdrew and so did 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. There is political will for it to happen, but solid engineering and safety planning must now follow before NZTA will let it proceed. NZTA’s planning favours the landward side of the motorway because it already owns the land and resource consent to use the seaward side would be expensive and take a long time to get.

Access path/steps to Little Shoal Bay* An inspection is planned by KLB

Sun protection at children’s playgrounds* New KLB members are supportive but funding is not there yet.

Damage to the historic Maori Track in Little Shoal Bay* No action by KLB (no money) but residents have started planting pohutukawa and flax to stop serious erosion damage caused by children playing, since 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.

Noise abatement barriers on the Harbour Bridge at the Point We will resume pressure on NZTA in 2018.

The next harbour crossing

Heritage

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 is not improving.

Bruce Street pushers-in  Onewa:Bruce intersection to AT   .A number of residents pointed that sometimes with overflow peak traffic this is the best way to access Onewa Road to go to Birkenhead or Northcote Central, so we will not pursue this issue. It does appear that there is a bit more enforcement happening against the bridge queue cheats.

* letters on these topics were tabled and spoken to at the Kaipatiki Local Board meeting 15th March 2018.