Linda Holden, Stanmore Bay (abridged)
‘Why?’ has to be the question regarding AT’s latest project for Orewa on Hibiscus Highway between Riverside Road and Empire Road. What is the benefit to the community? I feel very strongly that this project is ill conceived and unnecessary and it surprises me that there are not more letters coming in regarding this matter. From the artist’s impression (HM October 2) it is obvious there will be disastrous repercussions if this ill-planned proposal goes ahead. It is not part of the town centre and is one of the busiest roads on the coast, being the twin coast tourist route and a major thoroughfare for locals. It’s a road! Beautifying it with planted medians and creating a pedestrian friendly precinct at the cost of $1.3 million defies belief. From the northern end at Pine Road there is a roundabout that slows traffic, then each side of the road are bus stops for the National busline. The road is too narrow for a median and it will block entrance and exit to the driveways of the businesses and several residences on the western side of the road. Then there is an existing pedestrian crossing. The next stretch taking up at least a third of that road is one of the busiest service stations in the area and the last one till Warkworth. Therefore the median area of the road is in constant use with vehicles so can’t be blocked off. Angle parking is also an illogical idea as the road is too narrow, unless land is taken from the reserve. Backing out would be a nightmare and the potential risk of accidents and also potential injury as people unload their boots onto the road usually with children and animals present. There is a huge public carpark with overflow parking onto the reserve in busy periods, so why is AT trying to squeeze a few more in? It appears there has been little research into this scheme and perhaps it was conceived by computer using Google Earth as AT does not have any idea of how much impact this could have on the community.
Editor’s note: There will be public consultation on these plans. For the latest on the timing of that, see story p9.
Mark Davis, Gulf Harbour
The horrific numbers of new homes which will be built around here (HM November 6), on top of all the ones already being developed, is making the Coast as congested and polluted as any inner city area. But without the benefits. Some of those areas, specifically the one behind the park and ride, were originally zoned for business, providing local jobs. But Council allowed that to be changed at the landowner’s request. All this will be is a sea of homes and a flood of commuters back and forth every day.
Phil quiet on Penlink
John Davies, Orewa
How can Phil Goff write a column for our local newspaper (HM November 6) and not even mention the most important transport issue we face locally? He should be banned from your pages until he is prepared to positively move Penlink forward. He remains as out of touch with voters and our needs and local aspirations as he was in his first term.
Two becomes 22
Leslie Brand, Orewa
A couple of figures in particular from your article on growth in this area (HM November 6) have stuck with me. That development in Red Beach – two houses taken away, 22 sites created. Two becomes 22 – ain’t that just the way it’s going on the Hibiscus Coast!
Collecting some Christmas cheer
Our annual Christmas collection is underway. At this time of year, Hibiscus Matters’ Orewa office turns into a festive hub, providing a collection point for Christmas treats to help support families in need. We are collecting donations of non-perishable ‘treat’ foods – the kind of things that you would like to find in your Christmas stocking. We are also asking local businesses to donate vouchers for their goods or services that we can pass on to people in need, to help them through the season. Christmas is coming up super fast, and there are only three weeks for individuals and businesses to get donations in to us.
Anyone is welcome to drop off non-perishable food, or vouchers, to Hibiscus Matters’ office at 21 Florence Avenue, Orewa (opposite the AA) during working hours right up until Monday, December 16. Please note we are not able to accept any wrapped, or unwrapped, gifts. Everything donated will be given to Whangaparaoa Police for their Christmas Community collection, Hibiscus Coast Community House’s foodbank and Love Soup Hibiscus Coast, which has a free Christmas dinner, and will also hand out Christmas hampers.
Together, we can help make Christmas Day something to look forward to for all Coasties.
Terry Moore, Editor