Tuesday July 4 2017
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Your Local Views Common sense over car parks prevails
Jillian Nuth – Our traffic is downright dangerous. It’s a great idea but with my experience as a pedestrian walking everywhere, there’s just no way I would cycle around this city.
Fendalton city councillor Jamie Gough writes about the common sense approach used by his community board On June 20, Western News reported on the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board’s decision to quash the removal of car parks outside the Holmwood Rd shops. The headline read – Businesses influence decision to keep car parks. That was fair, however, I’d suggest the headline could have read – Reality influences decision to keep car parks. The plan and staff recommendation was well-intentioned – Installation of a pedestrian island on Holmwood Rd and minor works resulting in the removal of six car parks from in front of the block of shops. Like any decision, there are pros and cons. In this instance my view, the
Readers respond to the article in the Western News last week regarding the city council’s decision to cut an incentive programme that encourages people to cycle to Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre
Anna Henderson – I didn’t know about this, would have done it. Maybe publicise more?
MEETING: (Left to right) – The Cook Shop owner Elizabeth Fry with David Cartwright, Jamie Gough and Gerry Brownlee. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN board’s view, and overwhelmingly the local community’s view, was that the cons would far outweigh any pros. Gerry Brownlee, as local MP, David Cartwright, as community board chairman and I met with the Holmwood Rd business operators who were horrified by the proposal. No one wants safety compromised, however, the “safety enhancement” was suggested to particularly assist road-crossing
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School students. This was somewhat baffling, given Rangi Ruru is on Rossall St – they cross at that street, which already has a pedestrian island. Further to this, the lifeblood of these local businesses is the convenient on-street parking, so affecting their viability for a solution to a non-existent problem seemed dubious at best. Parking is already atrocious here.
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I’d suggest if it went ahead you’d be creating an additional, yet irrelevant, crossing path to a block of vacant shops, as they would probably go out of business. The local community engaged with local democracy and the reality of the situation won the day. Sometimes major overhauls occur to ensure common sense prevails but sometimes it’s deciding to do nothing that proves to be the best decision.
Akio Asakura – Idealist idiots. People buy cars to be comfortable in their own space – music, heater etc. Oh, we should ride bicycles. No, people who want to use trains, buses and bicycles will. However, most people drive cars. Sarah Lashbrooke – I never knew about it either unfortunately. It sounds great. Bronwyn Hendry – Maybe the real question is – can people who might use the pool afford cycles? A bit of demographic research may be indicated here. • More letters, page 10
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