Waiheke Marketplace : April 18th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 18, 2012 NEWS AVAILABLE 16TH APRIL - 29TH APRIL 2012. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. You can't beat IN OSTEND 'The Barn' PHONE 372 5555 4341236AF (Whiskey not incl) Text SUPER to 244, join between 16th April and 29th April 2012 and go into the draw to WIN a JAGERMEISTER Fridge! 4481349AA WAIHEKE LOCAL BOARD • COMPETENT & PROFESSIONAL • LOCAL BODY EXPERIENCE • PASSIONATE ABOUT WAIHEKE VOTE HERB ROMANIUK Authorised by H.M. Romaniuk 44 Tiri View Road, Palm Beach, Waiheke Crossroads dilemma Crossroads: Howick Local Board transport spokesman Steve Udy stands at the intersection of Pigeon Mountain Rd and Prince Regent Dr in Half Moon Bay. By STEPHANIE FAWCETT Motorists travelling to and from the ferry at Half Moon Bay should be watchful of changes in the road layouts along Pigeon Mountain Rd and Prince Regent Dr in the coming months. The alterations are aimed at slowing down speeding motorists who have been reported as tearing through stop signs'' at the busy Half Moon Bay intersection. The traffic calming solutions have come after consultations be- tween the Howick Local Board, the Half Moon Bay Residents and Rate- payers Association and Auckland Transport. Howick Local Board transport spokesman Steve Udy says there has been an increase in traffic over the years. What's happened is that as Waiheke Island has become more popu- lar, Pigeon Mountain Rd has become a main feed road for the ferry ter- minal. The ferries handle 700 passengers a day and during peak hours, with children going to and from school and the ferries disgorging, there's an awful lot of traffic. Auckland Trans- port has been very keen to find a solution that works for everybody and we don't want the fix to create new problems,'' he says. Our aim is to slow traffic down but unfort- unately traffic lights would create braking and noise problems with the heavy traffic that comes through here so we've had to look at other options.'' Side islands will be installed along Pigeon Mountain Rd between Sunderlands Rd and Half Moon Rise to slow traffic approaching the intersection, and chan- ges will be made to stop signs on Prince Regent Dr. We're hoping that increasing the size of the stop signs, putting a stop sign in the middle of the traffic island and having signs further down the road saying there's a compulsory stop coming up will make people remember it's there.'' He says he hopes the work will begin over the next few months. Owners told to pick up dog do By GEORGE GARDNER ' If you've ever had to mow through dog do the smell is awful. A parks worker told me you can only weed-eat so much of it. ' Ross Gillespie Residents are being reminded it's illegal not to clean up after their canine pals. The issue of doggy do'' in public places sparked comments at the public hearings for the draft Auckland Council Long Term Plan last Thursday. Five people chose to speak about their submissions in front of the hearings panel of local board members and councillor Mike Lee at the Waiheke Service Centre. Among them was Rocky Bay resident Ross Gillespie who claims some dog- owners let their dogs get out of control in public places but the worst problem is the dog do''. If you've ever had to mow through dog do the smell is awful. A parks worker told me you can only weed-eat so much of it.'' Board deputy- chairwoman Jo Holmes agrees it's a problem and says there's no worse place than the Esplanade between Surfdale and Blackpool. I've had complaints from sev- eral walkers about the dog do around there.'' Mr Gillespie says that particular stretch of closed road has been nick-named dog do alley''. Board chairwoman Faye Storer says: It's illegal to not pick it up.'' Mr Gillespie is con- cerned about several other issues. One of them is a desire for the essential identity of Waiheke to be encoded before it is eroded. We need to retain our quirky character. Otherwise our lifestyle will become a homogenised suburb of Auckland.'' He has submitted the phrase: Waiheke Island -- Express Yourself'' as the answer. Express yourself means you can be yourself here. It's the generous mix of free expression and differ- ent points of view.''
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