Res­i­dents take to the street

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Car par­ties, loud noise and traf­fic is­sues have driven res­i­dents of a Blockhouse Bay street to take a stand.

Sig­na­tures from 182 house­holds in Terry St have been col­lected and have been pre­sented to the Auck­land City Coun­cil’s trans­port com­mit­tee, call­ing for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures.

Res­i­dent Paula Har­risonLuff says on Fri­day and Satur­day nights her fam­ily can hear laugh­ing, yelling and shriek­ing and they have po­litely asked those re­spon­si­ble to qui­eten down.

“Terry St has fi­nally had enough of the noise from the carpark across the road, such as car par­ties, drunken louts, loud mu­sic, car donut noise and loud talk­ing and laugh­ing that goes on un­til 6am,” she says.

Kevin Rooney, also a Terry St res­i­dent, has con­cerns about cars speed­ing down the street, which he says has been a prob­lem since De­cem­ber.

“There are cars just speed­ing all the time.”

Mrs Har­ri­son-Luff says it is dif­fi­cult to cross the road near the Blockhouse Bay recre­ational re­serve be­cause there is a blind hill with cars speed­ing down it.

Mr Rooney says in Fe­bru­ary traf­fic mea­sur­ing de­vices were set up but he feels the re­sults may not be ac­cu­rate since it was rain­ing that week.

He says from data col­lected at two sites, around 6800 ve­hi­cles use the road each­day, with 85 per­cent of th­ese not ex­ceed­ing 57kmh.

Coun­cil road safety man­ager Karen Hay says Terry St has been iden­ti­fied as a high pri­or­ity and the coun­cil has met with res­i­dents.

She says a lo­cal street gen­er­ally caters for be­tween 1000 and 3000 ve­hi­cles per day.

Ms Hay adds that the coun­cil is con­duct­ing a study of the street and sur­round­ing streets, which should be com­pleted in Septem­ber.

Bal­moral po­lice sergeant John Su­cich says po­lice are also aware of the prob­lem and are mon­i­tor­ing it.

He says Terry St is one of the pri­or­ity roads in the Blockhouse Bay area.

Trans­port com­mit­tee deputy chair­man John Lis­ter says that of­fi­cials are still do­ing traf­fic counts with po­lice and con­duct­ing radar speed checks.

Ms Hay says the coun­cil needs to be very care­ful that in calm­ing Terry St traf­fic, the prob­lem does not sim­ply shift to neigh­bour­ing streets and cre­ate safety is­sues in the sur­round­ing net­work.

“Terry St is rel­a­tively steep and un­du­lat­ing with a bend at the in­ter­sec­tion of Terry St and Whit­ney St.

“The un­du­la­tions will be chal­leng­ing in de­liv­ery of any pro­posed de­signs and par­tic­u­larly the use of speed humps. Other op­tions for calm­ing traf­fic also need to be in­ves­ti­gated.”

Mr Lis­ter agrees, say­ing it may just mean that speed­ing ve­hi­cles move to the next street.

He says that could mean more of an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme than an en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tion.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials will con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the chal­lenges that face Terry St and re­port back to the trans­port com­mit­tee. • In Oc­to­ber last year 20year-old Natasha Evans died when the car she was driv­ing crashed into a tree in Terry St. Po­lice said the car was speed­ing.


Fed up: Terry St res­i­dents, from left: Kevin Rooney with his daugh­ter Jes­sica, 2, De­bra Rooney with Re­becca, 1, and Paula Har­ri­son-Luff.

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