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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