Unofficial car yard troubles residents
Exasperated residents are struggling to leave their retirement village for fear of crashing their cars as they leave the driveway.
Residents of the Peninsula Club - located on a 60kph stretch of Whangaparaoa Rd - say it’s only a matter of time before a major accident occurs due to the ’’unofficial car yard’’ that stretches up the hill adjacent to the club which makes pulling out onto the busy main road difficult.
However, Auckland Transport says the cars are parked safely.
Resident of 15 years Judith still feels sick about a ‘‘harrowing’’ near miss she experienced a week ago when leaving the village.
‘‘I’ve lived on the Hibiscus Coast for 30 years and never had an accident,’’ she said.
‘‘It frightened the daylights out of me.’’
Trying to turn right, Judith couldn’t see a car coming down the hill, which blasted its horn and narrowly missed her.
Still shaken from the incident, Judith says she has hardly left the village since.
‘‘It’s hard enough getting out of there without the cars,’’ she says.
Judith wonders ‘‘how can they even sell them there?’’, as their proximity to the busy road make them impossible to safely inspect.
Joy has lived at Peninsula Club for 15 years, and calls the car yard a ‘‘tremendous imposition’’.
She now tends to make a detour to the Vipond lights if she is heading east on the peninsula. ’’Rather than take my life in my hands, I drive down the other living
‘‘It frightened the living daylights out of me’’
way,’’ she said.
Resident Sue says the cars are worse than they’ve ever been in her five years living at The Peninsula Club.
She worries the parked cars will make it difficult for emergency services to drive down the hill.
Auckland Transport’s Mark Hannan says a parking enforcement manager believes the no stopping zone is sufficient and cars are parked safely.
‘‘The placement of current restrictions and the turn-in to the entrance of the club is generous,’’ Hannan said.
Vehicles for sale can ‘‘can be a nuisance in some situations,’’ Hannan said, but the cars in question do not cause an issue if they are parked legally and safely.
‘‘We are well aware of the concerns of the residents and will continue to monitor this area to ensure vehicles are parked legally and in a safe, considerate manner.’’
For sale cars line Whangaparaoa Rd outside the Peninsula Club.