I, and possibly many other readers, am outraged and deeply offended to read that low-income earners are to be deterred from using the new downscaled, twolane Penlink Road by the price. Every person who lives in this area, regardless of their monetary status, has the right to use this road, should it ever be built.
Those who do not work in the area, have a right to travel on roads regardless of what they earn. Surely Planners of the build (and of course Council) should be taking care of all residents. Two lanes will not make any difference to the extremely high volume of traffic; these two lanes still need to merge with other traffic on the motorway. Disgusted. Theunis Van Schalkwyk’s reasoning on Penlink in your August 22nd issue. Lets see: Build the bridge so as not to be sufficient to take the expected traffic growth and then charge a higher rate to stop poorer people from using it and therefore solving the problem of congestion on it. Wow, that’s an awesome solution. Thank goodness for university degrees! I don’t know about anyone else but I nearly fell over laughing when I read that. It would be funny except for the fact that we have nonsense like this coming from people in positions of control and decision making right across the board. I guess its the same people who dreamt up the entry/exit debacle to Whangaparaoa Rd at the new Stanmore Bay shopping centre. When is someone going to own up to that mistake and put in a slip road at least into the complex. saying more needed to be done to protect Orewa and Red Beach form sediment etc. from new developments.
There’s a tidal creek that runs behind Red Beach Surf Club up to the entrance of Pinewoods Camp.
Some time ago when we were having erosion problems on the banks of this creek, the then Rodney Mayor Penny Webster said at some time weed needs to