No low-speed zone wanted?

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa’s roads are not likely to be changed to 40kph, says a Welling­ton City coun­cil­lor, but he would like to gauge res­i­dents’ views on the is­sue.

The coun­cil’s strat­egy and pol­icy com­mit­tee met re­cently and de­cided a pro­posal on low­er­ing the speed lim­its across Welling­ton City and outer sub­urbs should be put out for pub­lic com­ment.

The 40kph pro­posal is for all res­i­den­tial streets ex­cept ar­te­rial routes, such as Tawa’s Main Rd.

North­ern ward coun­cil­lor Justin Lester says the fact coun­cil of­fi­cers will con­sider each sub­urb, rather than tak­ing a ‘‘ blan­ket ap­proach’’, is one sav­ing grace. Stud­ies car­ried out two years ago found that John­sonville, New­lands and Tawa res­i­dents were ‘‘not in­ter­ested at all’’ in low­er­ing the cur­rent 50kph limit, he says.

He has car­ried out his own sur­vey in the north­ern sub­urbs in the past months and found it has favour, aside from ‘‘ham­let’’ Chur­ton Park.

‘‘You can un­der­stand the ra­tio­nale in places like Thorn­don and Kel­burn, where most driv­ers don’t go over 50 [kph] any­way, but I don’t think it’s some­thing peo­ple will go for in Tawa.’’

An­other fac­tor to con­sider is the cost for 40kph signs to be put up off ev­ery ar­te­rial route and the ‘‘vis­ual pol­lu­tion’’ this would mean through­out res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

‘‘It’s been talked about be­fore but the feed­back I have is that the mind­set hasn’t changed. My at­ti­tude is that if it’s not broke, why fix it? But I would still like to hear what peo­ple think – coun­cil of­fi­cers will look at the of­fi­cial pub­lic sub­mis­sions as they make their rec­om­men­da­tions, but I want to be able to go to the coun­cil ta­ble with peo­ple’s views as well.’’

The coun­cil will con­sider pub­lic sub­mis­sions be­fore Christ­mas and if ap­proved in some sub­urbs, it will be rolled out from June 2012.

It will likely be­gin in the the Lambton ward, which is the most dan­ger­ous ac­cord­ing to crash sta­tis­tics.

Email Justin Lester at justin.lester@wcc.govt.nz.

Too fast? While this section of road – Kenepuru Dr/ Main Rd – will re­main at 50kph, Welling­ton City coun­cil­lor Justin Lester wants to hear res­i­dents’ thoughts on low­er­ing the speed lim­its on res­i­den­tial streets.

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