Proposed road closures ‘will compromise safety’

All for cycleway, but not closure of Hinaki Street, Craig Road and Wildish Street

All for cycleway, but not closure of Hinaki Street, Craig Road and Wildish Street

Gisborne resident Deirdre McGuinness spoke to Gisborne District Councillors yesterday to voice her opposition to proposed road closures.

Her submission was heard in front of councillors at the long-term plan public submissions meeting yesterday.

Ms McGuinness said she was fully supportive of the cycle and walkways already in place, and did not have any objection to bringing the cycleway into the CBD.

What she did not want was closure of Hinaki Street, Craig Road and Wildish Street to make it happen.

“The proposed closure of three streets will concentrate a considerable amount of extra traffic on the De Lautour Road roundabout and the Harris Street/Rutene Road intersection.

“This reduces the entry and exit point from five to two.

“I believe this will make these intersections more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate rather than staying with the current situation.”

Iranui Road was not equipped for more traffic, and did not even have a centre line, she said.

Overall, this affected 339 properties.

“I anticipate that there would be approximately 270 extra vehicle movements at the De Lautour Road roundabout and 442 a day at the Harris Street intersection.”

“I believe that the safety of pedestrians and cyclists will be seriously compromised by these changes.”

Gisborne resident Deirdre McGuinness spoke to Gisborne District Councillors yesterday to voice her opposition to proposed road closures.

Her submission was heard in front of councillors at the long-term plan public submissions meeting yesterday.

Ms McGuinness said she was fully supportive of the cycle and walkways already in place, and did not have any objection to bringing the cycleway into the CBD.

What she did not want was closure of Hinaki Street, Craig Road and Wildish Street to make it happen.

“The proposed closure of three streets will concentrate a considerable amount of extra traffic on the De Lautour Road roundabout and the Harris Street/Rutene Road intersection.

“This reduces the entry and exit point from five to two.

“I believe this will make these intersections more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate rather than staying with the current situation.”

Iranui Road was not equipped for more traffic, and did not even have a centre line, she said.

Overall, this affected 339 properties.

“I anticipate that there would be approximately 270 extra vehicle movements at the De Lautour Road roundabout and 442 a day at the Harris Street intersection.”

“I believe that the safety of pedestrians and cyclists will be seriously compromised by these changes.”

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Sarah Curtis - 6 days ago
Thanks to Deirdre McGuiness for addressing a concern shared by so many residents in this area. I will be amazed if the council ignores this common-sense advice and proceeds with its ill-conceived proposal. If it goes ahead, residents near the intersection at Harris and Rutene Roads will inevitably face times when they are blocked from freely accessing or exiting their homes by queues of traffic - already an issue at peak times. The absence of any effort by the council to consult with residents directly affected - whose property appeal and values will be affected - is further concerning.

Paul Sullivan - 6 days ago
NIMBYism at its finest.

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