Concerned at confusing signals

END OF THE ROAD: Ruth Street resident Don Hay stands in the grassy area between Gwyneth Place (behind him) and Ruth Street. Residents of both cul-de-sacs were concerned to see a “road connection” and a $500,000 budget in Gisborne District Council’s long-term plan. But they have been assured by Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield the road connection will be for pedestrians and cyclists only. Picture by Liam Clayton

Residents of two cul de sac streets in Gisborne’s Lytton West subdivision were concerned their two roads were going to be joined after they saw a budget for a road connection in the region’s long-term plan for 2018-2028.

But they have been reassured the road connection is for pedestrians and cyclists only.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said the project for the two streets in the long-term plan (LTP), with a budget of $500,000, was for parking improvements to Gwyneth Place to resolve the parking issues in the area.

“There is also a commitment to have a pedestrian/cycling connection between these streets, which could be termed a road connection — but there are no plans for a road.”

Mr Hadfield said there was also potential for these streets to be widened in year eight of the plan (2026).

Further consultation with the residents would be undertaken closer to the time, he said.

“The Potae to Nelson project in the plan does involve a new road connection and will provide an alternative route to the Taruheru subdivision, to reduce traffic at the Lytton and Potae intersection, and to manage growth issues in this area.”

Ruth Street resident Don Hay said he “OK” with that.

“We just didn’t want an open road through.”

Residents of both streets said information from Gisborne District Council had been “misleading and contradictory”.

Ryman Healthcare’s Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village is located in Gwyneth Place.

There has long been problems with parking there, which has resulted in workers and visitors to the complex parking in Gwyneth Place.

There is an open grass area between there and Ruth Street, which is off Nelson Road.

Parking bays and yellow lines were added to Gwyneth Place in March to help alleviate traffic congestion outside the retirement village.

Residents were told the merger of the two streets would not happen, only to see a budget item for it in the draft LTP which is supposed to be finalised this month.

In 2011, Tracey and Trevor Evans bought a house in Gwyneth Place because it was “a quiet, safe cul de sac”. They even took the precaution of asking the council if there were future plans to alter this cul de sac.

“We were told Potae Avenue to Nelson Road would be opened up but that was all. We thought we would be living in a cul de sac forever.”

Mrs Evans said in a council agenda in May, under the Taruheru road realignment No. 35, there was no suggestion of a connection between Ruth and Gwyneth.

“Now the draft LTP plan states $500,000 in the 2020/21 budget is for the road link.”

Mrs Evans said in a reply to their submission against the merger, they were told, “no current proposal to link Gwyneth to Ruth Street”.

“Then later, it states plans to widen the two streets in year eight of the LTP.

“It is misleading and contradictory.”

Resident Tony Ensor said the whole thing was to do with car parking.

“Ryman should not have been able to go ahead without adequate car parking.”

Residents of two cul de sac streets in Gisborne’s Lytton West subdivision were concerned their two roads were going to be joined after they saw a budget for a road connection in the region’s long-term plan for 2018-2028.

But they have been reassured the road connection is for pedestrians and cyclists only.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said the project for the two streets in the long-term plan (LTP), with a budget of $500,000, was for parking improvements to Gwyneth Place to resolve the parking issues in the area.

“There is also a commitment to have a pedestrian/cycling connection between these streets, which could be termed a road connection — but there are no plans for a road.”

Mr Hadfield said there was also potential for these streets to be widened in year eight of the plan (2026).

Further consultation with the residents would be undertaken closer to the time, he said.

“The Potae to Nelson project in the plan does involve a new road connection and will provide an alternative route to the Taruheru subdivision, to reduce traffic at the Lytton and Potae intersection, and to manage growth issues in this area.”

Ruth Street resident Don Hay said he “OK” with that.

“We just didn’t want an open road through.”

Residents of both streets said information from Gisborne District Council had been “misleading and contradictory”.

Ryman Healthcare’s Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village is located in Gwyneth Place.

There has long been problems with parking there, which has resulted in workers and visitors to the complex parking in Gwyneth Place.

There is an open grass area between there and Ruth Street, which is off Nelson Road.

Parking bays and yellow lines were added to Gwyneth Place in March to help alleviate traffic congestion outside the retirement village.

Residents were told the merger of the two streets would not happen, only to see a budget item for it in the draft LTP which is supposed to be finalised this month.

In 2011, Tracey and Trevor Evans bought a house in Gwyneth Place because it was “a quiet, safe cul de sac”. They even took the precaution of asking the council if there were future plans to alter this cul de sac.

“We were told Potae Avenue to Nelson Road would be opened up but that was all. We thought we would be living in a cul de sac forever.”

Mrs Evans said in a council agenda in May, under the Taruheru road realignment No. 35, there was no suggestion of a connection between Ruth and Gwyneth.

“Now the draft LTP plan states $500,000 in the 2020/21 budget is for the road link.”

Mrs Evans said in a reply to their submission against the merger, they were told, “no current proposal to link Gwyneth to Ruth Street”.

“Then later, it states plans to widen the two streets in year eight of the LTP.

“It is misleading and contradictory.”

Resident Tony Ensor said the whole thing was to do with car parking.

“Ryman should not have been able to go ahead without adequate car parking.”

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