Pedes­trian cross­ing to stay in place

The Southland Times - - NEWS - DAVE NI­COLL

The South­land Dis­trict Coun­cil has de­cided not to move a Te Anau pedes­trian cross­ing, fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the town’s com­mu­nity board.

Fresh Choice owner Keith Cullen said the de­ci­sion had been made to shift the su­per­mar­ket’s car park en­trance fur­ther down Mil­ford Cres.

The new en­trance will be within me­tres of an ex­ist­ing pedes­trian cross­ing.

Coun­cil strate­gic man­ager trans­port Hartley Hare said at a meet­ing last month, the coun­cil voted to con­tinue im­prove­ments to the street but not to move the cross­ing.

The changes would in­clude in­stalling ad­di­tional signs and road mark­ings, rais­ing a dif­fer­ent pedes­trian cross­ing next to the nearby school and mak­ing mi­nor ad­just­ments to the road to fit with the new su­per­mar­ket en­trance.

Hare ex­pected the works would be car­ried out dur­ing the next few weeks, ahead of the busy tourist sea­son.

There were no con­sents re­quired for the car park en­trance to move but a traf­fic man­age­ment plan was needed and Hare be­lieved it had been ap­proved.

The coun­cil would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the pedes­trian cross­ing and would re-eval­u­ate the cross­ing lo­ca­tion within 12 months, Hare said.

Te Anau Com­mu­nity Board deputy chair­woman Sarah Gre­aney said the board was happy with the pro­posed changes, after it reached an agree­ment with coun­cil to keep the pedes­trian cross­ing where it was.

‘‘We didn’t be­lieve there was a great risk by leav­ing the cross­ing where it was.’’

Mov­ing the car park en­trance away from the su­per­mar­ket made sense, be­cause it should re­duce the con­ges­tion that was oc­cur­ring, Gre­aney said.

When the re­port on the sug­gested im­prove­ments went to the Te Anau Com­mu­nity Board for dis­cus­sion, , for­mer board mem­ber Ann Car­ran ad­vo­cated to keep the pedes­trian cross­ing where it was.

‘‘My pri­mary con­cern was the safety of peo­ple ac­cess­ing the town cen­tre from the res­i­den­tial cen­tre.’’

Car­ran said she was a reg­u­lar user of the cross­ing, and it pro­vided a safe way for pedes­tri­ans to ac­cess the town cen­tre.

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