Waiheke Marketplace : June 8th 2011
9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 8, 2011 NEWS Leading the way since 1998, Waiheke Marketplace delivers real content, reaches real readers and gets real results for advertisers. With a circulation of 6,104, Waiheke Marketplace is your primary source of local news and information. Connecting our community like no other media -- in print and online. Total coverage from journalists who care. Waiheke Marketplace -- your favourite local newspaper. Nothing else comes close. For real local news and real local information -- your favourite local newspaper, Waiheke Marketplace. Real news. Circulation: verified by ABC Really local www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz Ready to take on teens' challenge Moving on: Fran Lapsley is leaving Adult Literacy for a new challenge in Auckland. By GILL ALCOCK Waiheke Adult Literacy manager Fran Lapsley has left the institution she helped set up to take on another challenge with a charity for teenagers based in Auckland. After six years -- four and a half of them as man- ager -- Mrs Lapsley says it is time to move on. She will be working for a small charity which runs personal development courses for 14 to 18-year- olds. The courses teach teenagers emotional and social skills, goal setting and choice selection. Mrs Lapsley says she was increasingly seeing teenagers at Adult Liter- acy who had fallen through the cracks'' at school and she would rather be at the top of the cliff than in the ambulance at the bottom''. I've really enjoyed [Adult Literacy] but it was time for me to do some- thing else.'' Junction in the spotlight Busy intersection: Looking out from Crescent Rd East to Wharf Rd leading into Te Toki Rd, with Homai Rd on the left. By GEORGE GARDNER Council officials have called for a survey of traffic flow at an intersection causing con- cern for residents. The corner of Wharf Rd and Te Toki Rd, where drivers cross into Crescent Rd East and Homai Rd in Ostend, was flagged up by Surfdale resident Helga Meyer as a dangerous inter- section'' at the Waiheke hearings for the Auckland Annual Plan last month. Ms Meyer said she had been talking to the council for two years about the intersec- tion, which she claimed was especially dangerous at school home time, but nothing had been done. The main problem is the traffic speed from Te Toki Rd into Homai Rd which is the shortcut to the supermarket,'' she said. Local board transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes says she spoke to police and found out the intersection is not considered one of the island's accident black spots. But residents have been so concerned about it that we are looking at what we can do to make the junction as safe as possible,'' she says. Ms Holmes visited the site on May 20 with Auckland Council relationships man- ager Lorna Stewart and Simon Cleaver from Auck- land Transport. Ms Holmes says drivers coming into Wharf Rd from Crescent Rd East were not obeying the stop sign. I was there for over 20 minutes and not one driver stopped. I was also amazed to see how busy it was there,'' she says. Ms Holmes says the group concluded part of the problem was the siting of road signs. We will get the signs re- sited. The road markings are also so faint they need to be redone. We decided we also needed a traffic survey to determine where the main flow of traffic was. They can't put a roundabout in there which could have been a sol- ution as there's not enough land to do it.''
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