U-turns are clearly legal

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Hugh Welsh (March 24) needs to read the cur­rent New Zealand Road Code which clearly states that U-turns are legal (as on Whit­ford Brown Ave) ‘‘as long as the road is clear in both di­rec­tions and it is safe to do so.

You need to make sure you have enough room to com­plete the turn and don’t cre­ate a haz­ard for on­com­ing ve­hi­cles.’’

By pulling over to the right and wait­ing for a clear pas­sage in both di­rec­tions, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors are fol­low­ing the cor­rect pro­ce­dure.

I am not aware of any ac­ci­dents as a re­sult of U-turns in the three years I have lived in The Fjord and none are in­cluded in Porirua City Coun­cil or NZ Trans­port Agency road statis­tics.

The me­dian strip and plas­tic strips were in­stalled, along with the re­moval of the third lane and

the re­duc­tion of the speed limit to 70kmh, fol­low­ing the death of Ron Chip­pen­dale and had noth­ing to do with the Fjord sub­di­vi­sion.

Re­ports from Car­rus at the time of the con­struc­tion of the sub­di­vi­sion and re­cently from OPUS and the city coun­cil all in­di­cate that a right-hand turn into The Fjord would meet road­ing re­quire­ments.

And that is all that res­i­dents seek. the pan­elists for their work.

In re­spect of my as­sess­ment I would like to make the fol­low­ing ob­ser­va­tions:

1. I know six of the seven pan­elists and only one of them is a regular at­ten­der at coun­cil meet­ings and there­fore in a po­si­tion to judge coun­cil­lors ef­fec­tive­ness around the coun­cil ta­ble.

2. Again only one of them is a res­i­dent in the Eastern ward which I rep­re­sent.

3. While some of them may have scratched their heads as to my mo­tives for stand­ing for the coun­cil again in 2013, if they were in fact res­i­dents in the Eastern ward they would have re­ceived my cam­paign ma­te­rial prior to the elec­tion and my rea­sons for stand­ing would no longer have been a mys­tery to them.

Of the sev­eral is­sues I pro­moted, one was about lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

I bring sig­nif­i­cant per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence from the last sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­forms in the Welling­ton re­gion and I see my­self as uniquely ex­pe­ri­enced in this im­por­tant area.

In terms of ac­ces­si­bil­ity, I re­spond to all in­quiries made of me by res­i­dents ei­ther im­me­di­ately or on the same day they are re­ceived and do not un­der­stand why this was not seen as highly sat­is­fac­tory.

I have al­ways put Porirua first and am some­what dis­mayed that my com­mit­ment to the city should be ques­tioned.

In­deed the views gen­er­ally ex­pressed by pan­elists are at odds with the Kapi-Mana News’ own as­sess­ment of my ef­forts as a city coun­cil­lor as re­ported prior to Christ­mas 2014.

I won­der also as to the wis­dom of hav­ing a pan­elist who would have been elected in the Eastern ward had I and an­other coun­cil­lor not been elected.

Also for the record I see per­son­ally on a regular ba­sis the sub­stan­tial ef­forts put in by coun­cil­lors Litea Ah Hoi, Anita Baker, Denys Latham and Tim Shep­pard and con­sider them to have been un­fairly judged in this ex­er­cise.

Edi­tor’s note: In fact, of the eight pan­elists who as­sessed coun­cil­lors, two – Sandy Brewer and Bill Hiku – live in the Eastern ward and a third, Liz Kelly, works there.

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