Res­i­dent wants light­ing, coun­cil says no

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - AMY BAKER

A res­i­dent wants to see lights on a na­ture walk­way, but ac­cord­ing to coun­cil guide­lines this could cre­ate a false sense of se­cu­rity.

Felic­ity Wil­son, who over­looks Hob­sonville Point’s Catalina Bay, said she’d like to see part of the coastal walk­way lit dis­creetly to en­sure the safety of pedes­tri­ans, as well be­ing an ‘‘added fea­ture’’ for the area.

The por­tion of the walk­way she refers to runs from Catalina Bay to Beach Rd.

‘‘When the new de­vel­op­ment is open next year, with the cafe and the mi­cro brew­ery and all that’s hap­pen­ing there, I would have thought it would have added to the at­trac­tion,’’ she said.

The Beach Haven res­i­dent en­vis­aged dis­creet so­lar light­ing, pos­si­bly on the un­der­side of a rail­ing. Light­ing the path was also a safety issue, not only for peo­ple out walk­ing but to re­duce pos­si­ble delin­quency, she said.

Wil­son said since light­ing had been in­stalled at Catalina Bay, it had stopped hoons from do­ing wheel­ies in the carpark at 3am.

She also pointed out other fea­tures not open to the pub­lic at night, such as the Hob­sonville Point wharf, are lit.

HLC Hob­sonville Point Precinct direc­tor Robert Gra­ham said the key rea­son land­scape ar­chi­tects who de­signed the coastal walk­way did not pro­vide light­ing was due to Auck­land Coun­cil’s Crime Pre­ven­tion Through En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign (CPTED) guide­lines.

To avoid cre­at­ing a false sense of se­cu­rity, it is rec­om­mended that lo­cal re­serves, parks and play­grounds not be lit out­side of day­light hours, and light­ing be used on al­ter­na­tive, safer paths.

Auck­land Coun­cil head of in­ves­ti­ga­tion and de­sign Rob Cairns said light­ing was not pro­posed when the walk­way’s re­source consent was ap­plied for and granted.

Massey Univer­sity as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the school of peo­ple, en­vi­ron­ment and plan­ning Chris­tine Cheyne said choos­ing not to light an area to keep it safer could be counter-in­tu­itive.

In mixed-use ar­eas, such as hospi­tal­ity and res­i­den­tial or em­ploy­ment, peo­ple would likely want to use fa­cil­i­ties out­side day­light hours, she said.

When own­er­ship and main­te­nance for some or all of the walk­way is trans­ferred to coun­cil, light­ing may be con­sid­ered in fu­ture, subject to in­vest­ment pri­or­i­ties, Cairns said. Other res­i­dents have pointed out the po­ten­tial im­pact on wildlife.

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