Pedestrian crossing to stay in place
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.