The following is what I sent to Auckland Transport through their feedback page, and then subsequently emailed to the Mayor, our Councillor Mike Lee and our Local board chair and Transport spokesperson, Paul Walden and Shirin Brown respectively.
Auckland Transport has recently begun a "major upgrade" of seaview rd. The island's secondary East West between Ostend and Onetangi.
The "Upgrade" however, does nothing to support appreciation of the area, and in fact creates an environment openly hostile to anyone not in a motor vehicle!
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I have submitted the following feedback through Auckland Transports "feedback form" regarding the situation that has developed on Seaview Road Waiheke Island.
It is becoming clear to me that there are some aspects of Auckland Transport's roading works where accountability to the people, elected representatives, and the city's livability goals are lacking, and I am asking you to help remedy this.
My submission to the AT feedback form:
I am writing to complain, and to make a suggestion regarding recent roadworks on seaview rd, Waiheke island.
Currently, and on a maintenance contract, Downer is undertaking "maintenance" on the road.
The problem is, that the scope of the maintenance is so big, that it amounts to an upgrade.
An upgrade of this scale should have gone to public consultation, as the works have changed the character of the road so very severely that the sense of place is completely altered.
Once a popular road for walking, cycling and horse riding, the widening, which did not have to consider these non driving activities, will make these activities almost impossible to do safely.
The road will be "improved" to a state that will encourage faster driving, despite the fact that all local feedback over recent times had indicated that residents want LOWER rather than faster car speeds.
The widening of the road and the reduction in amenity for non motorists also flies in the face of Auckland's stated desire to be the worlds most livable city.
Also, in terms of local democracy, I understand that the chair of the local board, and the local board's transport spokesperson were not spoken to at all about this and other 'maintenance' works, and that the relevant people inside Auckland Transport have not made themselves as available as they could have to speak on this issue.
My suggestion is that all maintenance works on Waiheke Island be treated as upgrades, and go through consultation both with the local board and with the community, where "maintenance" is any more than just the filling of potholes.
I also suggest that your officers be more available to the democratically elected local representatives, who serve as our voices for what we want our island to be like.
In the short term I would like you to meet with Paul Walden, Waiheke local board chair, Shirin Brown, Waiheke local board transport spokesperson and Mike Lee, Waitemata and Gulf Islands ward Councillor to find a solution to the current seaview rd situation.
In the long term, I would like to see more openness between elected Councillors and local board members, and all levels of planning and contracting for road works on the island.
They need to hear what you think!!
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