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Working group to collaborate with council over cycleway A small working group has been set up to collaborate with the Wellington City Council over community concerns with the Island Bay cycleway. At last week’s Island Bay Residents Association meeting, the association resolved to call on the Wellington City Council to immediately halt construction on the cycleway and hold a referendum on whether it should be redesigned. Following the meeting, councillor Paul Eagle met with chief executive of the council, Kevin Lavery. Paul said the resolution was discussed in detail with Mr Lavery and the council’s chief asset officer, Anthony Wilson. He said while construction
would continue in the meantime, there was an agreement on five issues which would involve the council working in partnership with four representatives from Island Bay. President of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, said the representatives were made up of one cyclist, one person opposed to the cycleway and two people who have remained neutral throughout the debate. They would meet with council officials next week. The five issues up for discussion were: • A process for tweaking any aspects of the cycleway. • Parameters for any urgent health and safety issues. • A comprehensive survey of
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usage (which would be funded by the council). • A post implementation report. • Other initiatives for more community ownership of the cycleway. Vicki said the Island Bay cycleway continued to be a “massive issue” in the community and she was pleased the council was finally listening to residents’ concerns. “Now we are seeing some positive things starting to happen, with both sides of the debate willing to work together.” As well as this, over Wellington Anniversary weekend, the Island Bay Residents Association will be hand delivering a survey to all residents in Island Bay to get their thoughts on the cycleway. It will also be available online.
There would also be a stall at the Island Bay Festival ‘Day in the Bay‘ on February 14 for residents to highlight any concerns. Vicki said the deadline for the survey is Monday, February 15 and results will be available from February 19. She said the survey would only be open to residents of Island Bay. Paul said it was an opportunity for residents to have their say. “It is a chance for them to voice their concern and detail and issues they have. I would encourage every resident in Island Bay to join the residents association and get involved.” Vicki agreed, adding, “it’s very very important that people take part in the survey and have their say.”
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