Matipo St res­i­dents per­plexed by speed humps

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

Matipo St res­i­dents are stumped by an Auck­land City Coun­cil de­ci­sion to put speed bumps down their road while a neigh­bour­ing street’s cries for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures re­main un­heard.

The coun­cil last week be­gan in­stalling four speed ta­bles along the 400-me­tre long Bal­moral street.

Two of the ta­bles will also be pedes­trian cross­ings, which will be largely used by stu­dents at nearby Maun­gawhau Pri­mary School.

While the in­stal­la­tion of traf­fic calm­ing de­vices would have nearby Cal­gary St res­i­dents ap­plaud­ing, sup­port in Matipo St is di­vided.

Ninety-year-old Mil­dred Farn­sham has lived in Matipo St for 66 years and while she ad­mits traf­fic uses the street to dodge the Bal­moral Rd lights dur­ing rush hour, she’s against the speed bumps.

“It’s stupid. It’s not nec­es­sary. Some cars drive a bit fast but they’re not fly­ing down here. It might make cars slow down but it will be a nui­sance,” she says.

“If the coun­cil is con­cerned about school chil­dren cross­ing they should put a pedes­trian light in in­stead.

“That way cars would only stop when they had to in­stead of all the time.”

Maun­gawhau Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Lin­ley Bruce says as part of Auck­land Re­gional Trans­port Au­thor­ity’s travel wise pro­gramme the coun­cil ini­ti­ated calls for traf­fic safety in the area.

“Auck­land City Coun­cil ap­proached us about two years ago looking for haz­ards, but I don’t see it as a par­tic­u­larly danger­ous part of the walk at all,” she says.

“If a sub­mis­sion was made it would be be­cause of us but not on be­half of us.”

Mike Roberts is an­other res­i­dent frus­trated by the de­ci­sion.

“They are to­tally un­nec­es­sary. There are streets beg­ging for speed humps and they won’t help here what­so­ever,” he says.

Mr Roberts says coun­cil no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quested feed­back in Jan­uary when most peo­ple were away on hol­i­day.

Of the 369 let­ters sent to the res­i­dents, the coun­cil re­ceived 19 re­sponses with five in favour.

Mrs Fransham, Mr Roberts and their im­me­di­ate neigh­bours made up the 14 re­spon­dents with ma­jor con­cerns, in­clud­ing the loss of off-street car park­ing due to bro­ken yel­low lines also be­ing added to the street.

“Many homes on the street are very old and don’t have any off-street park­ing. I’m not sure where they’re ex­pected to park,” says Mr Roberts.

Coun­cil road safety trans­port man­ager Karen Hay says since Jan­uary’s con­sul­ta­tion the de­sign was re­vised to re­duce the length of the bro­ken yel­low lines in or­der to re­tain 11 park­ing spa­ces.

She also says the Maun­gawhau Pri­mary School’s com­mu­nity did raise con­cerns about pupil safety, which was why the street was in­ves­ti­gated two years ago.

“A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of chil­dren cross Matipo St so speed ta­bles will be used to slow traf­fic and to al­low stu­dents to cross safely in the area.”

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