Residents take to the street
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.