Pe­ti­tion against ‘ridicu­lous’ road plan S

Ome sell­ers think it will cost an arm and a leg and that their pre­cious home is go­ing to be judged. Others fear the stager will throw out all their pre­cious be­long­ings, and that they won’t be able to live com­fort­ably once it’s done. Others think that all

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - ROSE DAVIS

A pe­ti­tion against Auck­land Trans­port’s plans for Pu­tiki Road has been signed by most peo­ple in the street.

Lo­cal road­ing cam­paigner Tony King-turner pre­sented a pe­ti­tion, signed by 94 per cent of Pu­tiki Road res­i­dents and 80 per cent of busi­nesses, to Waiheke Lo­cal Board last Thurs­day.

The pe­ti­tion shows sup­port for an al­ter­na­tive to Auck­land Trans­port’s (AT’S) plans that was drawn up by King-turner, but has been dis­missed by AT as not meet­ing stan­dards.

While AT’S $1 mil­lion up­grade of the di­lap­i­dated road would al­low park­ing for 38 cars, KingTurner’s plan would al­low park­ing for 73 cars.

‘‘If you don’t have the park­ing, you have chaos’’, King-turner told the lo­cal board.

AT spokesper­son Melanie Dale said 15 an­gle car parks have been added to the orig­i­nal 23 park­ing spa­ces in its plan, which was changed in re­sponse to lo­cal views.

Waiheke Bud­get­ing Ser­vice man­ager Amelia Law­ley said the AT plan would re­move all park­ing near the ser­vice’s of­fice at 6 Pu­tiki Road. ‘‘It’s just ridicu­lous. ‘‘The thing that re­ally an­noys me is they didn’t tell us any­thing,’’ Law­ley said.

Each day, the bud­get­ing ser­vice sees about 16 peo­ple, who seek ad­vice or give and re­ceive food from the food bank.

‘‘Waiheke has be­come an ex­tremely ex­pen­sive place to live and our ser­vice is un­der in­creased de­mand in di­rect re­flec­tion of this.

‘‘It is vi­tal that we re­tain park- ing close to our premises if our ser­vice is to re­main ac­ces­si­ble,’’ she said.

Law­ley sup­ports KingTurner’s plan, which would pro­vide eight car park­ing spa­ces near the ser­vice.

AT spokesper­son James Ire­land said park­ing plans are still be­ing worked through and park­ing is likely to be pro­vided out­side the bud­get­ing ser­vice if needed.

The al­ter­na­tive plan, which King-turner has de­vel­oped out of com­mu­nity in­ter­est, in­cludes a foot­path down the south side of the road, serv­ing houses on that side.

He said this would be safer and cheaper than Auck­land Trans­port’s plan for a foot­path and park­ing down the north side of the road.

Dale said the project has been de­layed and is now likely to be­gin in mid-march.

‘‘They didn't tell us any­thing’’ Amelia Law­ley

Waiheke Bud­get­ing Ser­vice man­ager Amelia Law­ley is con­cerned all park­ing near the ser­vice could be re­moved. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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