Fjord ac­cess dan­ger point

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Res­i­dents from one of Porirua’s new­est sub­di­vi­sions aired their frus­tra­tions last week over the limited ac­cess to their street.

The Fjord is off Whit­ford Brown Ave and part of the Aotea de­vel­op­ment. It is a 19-home cul-de-sac. Fifty will even­tu­ally be built.

In the wake of pedes­trian Ron Chip­pin­dale’s death in 2008, af­ter a mo­torist lost con­trol on the stretch of road, Whit­ford Brown Ave was re­duced from 70kmh to 50kmh a year later.

Three lanes be­came two and a cen­tre strip and bol­lards at the lower end were in­stalled.

The Fjord was de­vel­oped soon af­ter and mo­torists want­ing to en­ter the new sub­di­vi­sion can only do so com­ing down the hill.

Res­i­dent Grant Baker pre­sented a sub­mis­sion to Porirua City Coun­cil’s long term plan last week, signed by all 19 home­own­ers in the street, ask­ing that changes be con­sid­ered in the trans­porta­tion strat­egy.

They want ei­ther a right-hand turn into Fjord Pl go­ing up the hill or a round­about at the street’s en­trance.

‘‘On the orig­i­nal (Aotea Block de­vel­oper) Car­rus plans there were two en­tries to The Fjord and now there’s one and it’s to­tally un­sat­is­fac­tory,’’ said Mr Baker.

‘‘Right now, you have to go to the top of Whit­ford Brown, go around a round­about and come back, or do a risky u-turn at the end of the bol­lards.

‘‘There used to be three lanes on that road, there is room to put in a right-hand turn.’’

Mr Baker told coun­cil­lors he is aware emer­gency ve­hi­cles called to The Fjord are driven up the wrong side of the road to get into the sub­di­vi­sion faster.

‘‘They don’t go to the top, turn around and come back. Re­cently there was a close call with a res­i­dent com­ing out, nearly hit­ting a po­lice car com­ing up ( on an emer­gency call) and the fire brigade will go up the right too.

‘‘The pos­si­bil­ity of an ac­ci­dent one day is def­i­nitely there, it’s a health and safety is­sue.’’

Mr Baker says res­i­dents don’t want a right- hand turn when ex­it­ing The Fjord, just en­ter­ing.

He told Kapi-mana News af­ter the LTP hear­ings that he un­der­stands a Porirua- wide re­view of in­ter­sec­tions is be­ing un­der­taken soon and he would like their ac­cess in­cluded, so the is­sue can be re­dressed ‘‘ sooner rather than later’’.

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