Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Green Light For Island Bay Safety Changes

Wellington City Councillors today gave the green light to changes that will make Wellington’s Island Bay Parade safer for everyone.

Pūroro Āmua, the Council’s Planning and Environment Committee, voted to include various safety improvements and separated bike lanes through the Island Bay town centre making a complete cycleway connection along The Parade for the first time. The committee also agreed to develop a local area parking plan to mitigate where possible the displaced parking.

The changes ­– most of which will happen in conjunction with planned road resealing next year – focus on improving safety by increasing visibility at driveways and intersections, slightly widening traffic lanes to provide a little more space for buses and putting in a low physical buffer to provide more protection for people on bikes.

Deputy Mayor Sarah Free says the funding agreed through this year’s Long-term Plan and today’s decision will provide a clear way forward to speedily resolve some of the most pressing safety issues with the existing cycleway, while acknowledging the fact that the Parade is likely to be redeveloped as a mass rapid transit (MRT) route.

“Getting on with these improvements fits with the Council’s goal to develop a city that is safe and easy to get around for everyone, and means we can focus on our commitment to building a citywide bike network and preparing for future mass transit,” says Deputy Mayor Free.

Pūroro Āmua/Planning and Environment Committee Chair Councillor Iona Pannett says Councillors considered and debated a number of amendments and proposals and endeavoured to balance competing community priorities.

“It’s a challenging situation, but we had to carefully weigh up the commitments already made to the community, proposals on MRT open for feedback through the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process, costs, plans for the wider bike network, and getting on and delivering on our climate change response.

“This is a step forward. We have to do the right thing to make sure people are safe.”

Cr Pannett says there is also separate funding budgeted for an upgrade of the shopping centre, which will happen independently of this decision, and engagement with the community will happen in the new year. The Council approved $2.5 million to upgrade Island Bay and Berhampore town centres as part of the Long-term Plan.

Consultation on the traffic resolutions associated with the planned changes will happen from late January. Councillors will consider feedback and make a final decision at a meeting in March.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Less Than Stellar Choices

Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio - a role in which he has been invisible ever since – Bayly seems destined for a future as a trivia quiz question. That’s because as the National leadership contest comes down to a choice between Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon, the only decisions to be made on Tuesday are over who gets to be leader, and who gets the Finance job... More>>


Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>

RNZ: Judith Collins removed as National Party leader
Dr Shane Reti is interim leader of the National Party after Judith Collins lost a no-confidence vote. Simon Bridges was demoted and stripped of all portfolios over allegations of an inappropriate comment made five years ago at a party function. Judith Collins was voted out as National's leader today after the party was locked in a caucus for more than three hours... More>>

Government: Supporting New Zealanders To Recover From COVID-19 In The Community
The Government is increasing the support for New Zealanders who test positive for COVID-19 through the rollout of the COVID Care in the Community model and a $300 million funding boost to Pharmac to purchase new medicines to treat the virus, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>


National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>

Council For Civil Liberties: Disgraceful Government Secrecy On Vaccination Certificates As Legislation Rushed Through
On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being rushed through Parliament under urgency, the Minister has said it will not publish the relevant policy papers until ‘late January 2022... More>>

Government: Providing Business The Tools To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is building on measures to protect businesses and workers from COVID-19 as the country gets ready to transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on December 3, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels