Brakes on slow speed road
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.”