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Patumahoe Village Inc – Notes for presentation to Local Board 6 March 2012 Excerpts from pages 6,7 of 17

Slides 15 -20: Pictures of Auckland Transport initiative – Traffic calming An example of how important it is to have a Patumahoe Village Spatial Plan for Auckland Transport to refer to is shown by the recent installation of traffic calming measures in Patumahoe village. Once again, although we agree with the intent we believe that best practice and outcomes are achieved when a one-size-fitsall approach is only one of the possible methods of implementation. In our previous submissions to Auckland Council we had also indicated that we would like traffic calming devices to be installed at the four road entrances to the village. We proposed planting and signage at entrances to the built area, in conjunction with cobblestone (or similar) strips to physically remind drivers that they need to reduce speed and are now entering a built environment, What we required from Auckland Council and Transport was review, consents and road works – the rest would have been a community project, Without consultation or notification, the new traffic calming measures were installed as part of a Franklin wide initiative around rural schools with a roll of 200 or more. Unfortunately this project has led to confusion on the part of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike and has created pinch points in the road that increases the likelihood of accident and injury, at a location where none previously existed, Comments received from the community has indicated that the other additions further down the road in Patumahoe are also hazards, as kids ride into the traffic to avoid the build-outs and also, get stuck in the designed slot with their bicycles, unable to turn their front wheel to avoid sticking out in the roadway. Pushchairs and prams avoid these points altogether, and drivers and pedestrians alike are unsure of whether these are formal crossing points, Alongside these safety concerns is the visual impact of large neon signs and uprights in a rural village that despite mixed vehicle use and high traffic volume, does not have traffic lights.

Poor Planning –Top down reaction planning (Request to slow traffic around schools with resulting solution involving little community consultation)

We believe that a formal documented Village Spatial Plan for Patumahoe would avoid future anomalies such as this, while allowing improved safety in a manner consistent with the village as a whole.

Patumahoe Village Inc – Notes for presentation to Local Board 6 March 2012 Page 8 of 17 Slides 21 - 23: Increased costs can result from regulatory requirementscoupled with the inability (or reluctance) to adjust to individual situations For example, the Hunter Rood walkway loop whichwe fully support. This is a recreational and wellutilised route, which poses concerns on the two legsthat are along Woodhouse Road and PatumahoeRoad. When FDC was still operational, much workhad been done to secure funding and donations sothat a slag footpath could be constructed at a costof $30,000. For this, users of the recreational routewould be removed from the 100km roads and vehicles. However, FDC did notissue a consent. When the matter was raised with the new Auckland Council,Auckland Transport required this walkway to be upgraded to a concrete footpath– and costs are now $110,000 for the Woodhouse leg, and $130,000 for thePatumahoe stretch.We believe the decision to provide this route is one to be applauded butconsider the following points to be relevant: • In our submission for the change of Landuse to residential for properties inPatumahoe Road, we submitted that in accordance with the landuse changeshould come a requirement to extend the footpath from Patumahoe School tothe boundary of the properties. This would have reduced the cost to AucklandTransport and have been a reasonable request to make of the propertyowners; • The requirement for a concrete footpath outside the villagebuilt environment seems inappropriate. If lateral thinkinghad been applied it may have been possible to class “this”portion of the route as a bridleway – as this photo shows it isused as a route for horseriders as well as recreationalwalkers and joggers – Slide 22 – and once again reduced costs, appropriatefinish for rural environment, and suitable continuation of concrete pathway inthe built area, • Slide 23 (duplicate of Slide 21) From our understanding the footpath is tobe created in two stages, the first being the Patumahoe leg, and the secondthe Woodhouse Road leg. As it is not obvious how this priority came about, wesubmit that the most dangerous part of the route is the Woodhouse Road legas drivers are moving at 100km already and do not need to slow down until thevillage, and the Patumahoe Rd leg drivers are already at speeds of 50km orless having just driven through the village and most would be aware of therailway crossing that occurs just outside the village itself. Our priority wouldhave been the Woodhouse Road leg, •

As no Patumahoe Village spatial plan exists, this walkway and it’s aestheticsdid not have a reference document to apply these criteria to, and so – onceagain a standalone project is undertaken that has significant financial costsand impacts on the whole village without consideration for a wider view.We are aware also that the decision (which once again we support) was madewithout the inclusion of the original submitters, the Travelwise contact personat Patumahoe school, or Patumahoe Village Inc – all of whom have madesubmissions on this route and had appropriate knowledge and information tohand.