Council wants feedback on median strip
‘‘It would be interesting to know what the purpose is. Being a coffee shop, there’s a lot of talk but I don’t think anyone knows what the primary goal of the trial is. If you are trying to push traffic further up SH 27 then ‘tick’.’’
Buckman would like to have the median strip toward Waharoa East Rd open. He was concerned about how fire crews would now get to some Broadway businesses in an emergency.
Manager of the i-Site, Sue Whiting, said the trial was working extremely well. ‘‘On our little corner we see some pretty near misses, particularly people trying to drive through the slots, so we think it is working extremely well. The only thing that I think council needs to watch is that they have created traffic jams up SH27 and Firth St and Broadway, however at least it’s just a slow down of traffic instead of anything more concerning,’’ she said.
‘‘I don’t see problems, certainly in the middle of the CBD. It’s just taking people a little bit of time to think how they will filter through other streets to get to where they are going.’’
The council’s communications officer, Adele Preston, said the cost to implement the trial was $3260.
Preston said the council had received informal feedback, but encouraged people to provide more formal feedback up until January 23 by visiting mpdc.govt.nz/have-your-say or filling out a survey, which are available at any of the council offices or the library. There is also one included in this edition of the Chronicle on page 9.