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Local board urges community to feed back on proposals

Published: 17 April 2019

Ōrākei Local Board Deputy Chair Carmel Claridge with St Heliers business owners Sandy Walker of Foss & Kruger, Erika Brabyn of Braziwi, Ōrākei Local Board members Colin Davis and Ros Rundle, Sarah Bloxham of Lets Talk Mortgages & Insurance and St Heliers resident Linda Schofield.

Ōrākei Local Board is urging residents and business owners in St Heliers and Mission Bay to have their say on changes proposed to both town centres.

Following recent public consultation on the Speed Limit Bylaw, Auckland Transport is now calling for feedback on specific changes proposed for St Heliers and Mission Bay town centres.

Ōrākei Local Board Deputy Chair Carmel Claridge says local residents and business owners have raised significant concerns with the local board about the proposed changes for the town centres, very similar to the issues it raised in its submission on the Speed Limit Bylaw.

“The overwhelming response we are hearing from our local communities to date supports our view that most of the proposed changes are not wanted. The number of pedestrian crossings proposed for St Heliers could see the potential loss of up to 32 car-parking spaces on top of the eight spaces already removed to facilitate the new bus network roll-out.

“Forty car-park spaces represents a quarter of the car-parking capacity for St Heliers Village, and our local businesses are telling us they will not survive the loss of custom this represents for them,” she said.

The board has also questioned the need for what it considers costly and over-engineered solutions. 

Deputy Claridge says it’s vital that all these views are considered so is urging residents to make a submission. Feedback closes on 30 April.  

Have your say by 30 April at Auckland Transport’s website.

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