Brakes on slow speed road

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

A pro­posal to in­stall a road through Heron Park in Waterview has met with mixed re­ac­tion from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

As part of Auck­land City Coun­cil’s fu­ture plan­ning frame­work, the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing a slow speed road that would give pedes­tri­ans pri­or­ity has been raised.

Auck­land City Coun­cil se­nior pol­icy an­a­lyst Mar­guerite Quin told the Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Board’s April meet­ing that the road could help im­prove ac­cess through the park and in­crease safety.

But she stressed at this stage the road is just a pro­posal, with no fi­nal de­sign con­firmed.

She said the coun­cil is keen to get com­mu­nity feed­back on the idea.

Board chair­man Dun­can Macdon­ald be­lieves the project could make get­ting around the park a lot eas­ier.

“It’s a huge park so an ac­cess road would be good as long as it’s not ac­cessed by hoons. You’d need gates that are locked at night.”

Mr Macdon­ald says he’s against link­ing the road up with ma­jor thor­ough­fares like Great North Rd or Rose­bank Rd.

But board mem­ber Cather­ine Farmer feels in­stalling a road through the park would be a mis­take af­ter the de­ci­sion was made not to use the land as part of State High­way 20.

“Heron Park is a recre­ation re­serve and has a long his­tory of res­i­dents fight­ing to keep it as a pas­sive open space.”

Ms Farmer says even at low speeds pedes­tri­ans and an­i­mals could be in dan­ger with cars driv­ing through the park.

“It’s go­ing to be an­other area where you can’t be away from cars.”

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