Who isn’t sick of unsealed roads? – HAVE YOUR SAY on our solution…
Your Local Board wants to bring forward spending on transport infrastructure such as road sealing.
There are over 678km’s of unsealed road in Rodney and this will cost over $350 million to seal, or put another way, $16,000 per property based on 22,000 rateable properties in Rodney. We got $10 million extra for road sealing (three roads) but that money is finished and if we’re not going back to a million a year we need to come up with a way of funding this
* If the Local Board gets a targeted rate and chips in some money I believe there is a good chance we could get a top up from Auckland Transport.
We are proposing a Rodney Ward only Targeted Rate
** that will contribute towards more road sealing. The targeted rate would also be used to contribute towards a Train to Huapai and Park’n’Rides in Rodney.
If you want to support speeding up road sealing please take a few minutes to complete an online feedback form, if we don’t get the support it won’t happen!
You have until THIS THURSDAY to make a submission, so don’t delay!
*Franklin had a targeted rate and now most of their roads are sealed, we need to do the same thing because doing nothing won’t see any significant progress. A local targeted rate would make a strong political argument for a funding top up from Auckland Transport. It won’t be a quick solution because of the scale of the problem but it would be better than hoping we will get funding every three years.
** The targeted rate would be used to provide part funding for three major initiatives across Rodney, Trains to Huapai, Park’n’Rides and Road Sealing. By putting in place a long term targeted rate we can share the cost burden across the limited rating base (22,000 properties in Rodney).
You are currently paying a targeted transport rate for the City Rail Link that finishes in 2018, we would look to continue this over but just have the money spent in Rodney. If this initiative is supported we would come back to the public in 2018 will detailed proposals on what the money would be spent on, for how long and how much for further consultation. If this initiative isn’t supported we won’t take this further and these projects will have to wait for funding to become available and at this point that is five to ten years away.
Originally posted by Phelan Pirrie on Facebook.
Content taken from:
6 June 2017
Work begins on major site access point for the Pūhoi to Warkworth project
Work is about to begin on constructing one of the main access points for construction traffic working on the Pūhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.
The site access point known as SAP4, will allow construction vehicles to enter and exit the project site from State Highway 1 (SH1) just south of Perry Road -approximately 7km south of Warkworth.
To create the new site access point there will be road widening works, installation of temporary and new guardrail barriers, and the removal of trees. Works will start from 7 June and will take approximately three months to complete.
Some of this work will take place at night (between the hours of 8pm and 5am) because construction crews will be working in one lane of SH1. Four separate periods of night works will be required, one to five days each period. When night works are taking place, there will be ‘Stop-Go’ operation.
There will also be a temporary 70 km/h speed restriction through the construction area until the works are complete.
NX2 Chief Executive, Ray Wilson says this access point is a key part of ensuring NX2 construction crews can to get into the site safely and enable them to meet the construction timetable. “We are working to ensure appropriate traffic control measures are in place on SH1 to protect the public and the construction team. We ask motorists to take note of the traffic controls in place, drive to the conditions, and take extra care.”
Throughout June the project team will also be working very close to SH1, near Hungry Creek, felling pine trees. There will be some night works and it also will include ‘Stop-Go’ operations.
To find the latest traffic information please go to https://onthemove.govt.nz/
Work began in December to construct the Pūhoi to Warkworth project, the first stage of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance. It is a key transport link connecting Northland to the rest of the Upper North Island, helping move people and freight between major centres more safely and efficiently. The project extends the Northern Motorway to four lanes for 18.5km north from the Johnstone’s Hill Tunnels at Pūhoi to a tie-in with the existing State Highway 1 north of Warkworth. It will be open for traffic by late 2021.
The following is an update provided by Glen Ashton, his contact details are at the bottom of this post:
Because you live in Rodney I thought you might be interested in a significant Local body event. Northern Action Group (NAG) has had a longtime fight with the Local Government Commission over breaking away from the Super City and forming a Northern Rodney Local Body. This year NAG won a high court appeal to force the Local Government Commission to consider the matter.
Last night there was a resident consultation meeting at Warkworth run by LGC. This is one of several meetings scheduled through northern Rodney. About 70 people attended. There were about 4 people who wanted to remain in the Super City, about 4 undecided and the overwhelming majority wanting to split away.
The public feedback was very disgruntled towards the Super City, loss of local control, lack of rates money spent in Rodney, local transport issues, unsealed roads and Hill St intersection, no contracts for local business, no consultation, no consideration for Rodney. There was one good point where a Matakana business got tourists directed from Auckland tourism office.
The public brought up the fact that we were undemocratically forced into the Super City at the eleventh hour.
LGC said they will gather all the feedback from the meetings (throughout Rodney) and submissions (thru web site), gather the financials from NAG and Auckland City and decide if there is a viable option other than the status quo (remain in the Super City).
Should there be more viable options then they will be presented back to the public showing the financials, effect on rates, pros and cons of each option.
Apparently the LGC have the power to bring changes to Local Government Act and could give more power and financial control to the local Rodney Board but remaining in the Super City.
It could also include merging northern Rodney with Kiapara or realigning the southern Rodney boundary.
I think from there on in it would be more public consultation and some sort of democratic process to select an option.
So interesting times.
I have attached a written submission that I sent to LGC. – Link to Document provided by Glen (Ahuroa_Super_City.docx)
It is easy to have your say on the Local Government Commission web site and complete the online survey.
Now is a good time to stand up and be heard, it is a great conduit to get our message across to the Super City.
Whatever happens, it is going to be good for Rodney.
I am not affiliated with NAG but I do have issues the Super City and how Rodney rural rate payers are treated.
Also the local elections are imminent and Greg Sayers has been a longtime advocate for getting the roads sealed. But that is a personal choice.
Glen Ashton – firstname.lastname@example.org
0274 906 889
I reported pot holes over 4 weeks ago and nothing has been done about it yet. – Cars are driving on the wrong side of the road around blind corners to avoid them, this poses a real and present danger. Please re-grade the lower portion of Martin Access Rd as a priority.
It has been dry for only 2 days and the dust nuisance has started already. Is there anything that can be done (like returning to the different, coarser mix used in the grading which you changed from about 6 years ago – things have been progressively getting worse, and much much, more dusty since). Either that, or is there a bonding agent or dust preventer which you can add to the mix when you next grade it please?
All residents of Martin Access Rd collect our drinking water from the house roofs, we are concerned about the potential growing health problems that this creates as the amount of dust from the road continues to increase year on year.
This message has been copied to the Ahuroa Grapevine (ahuroa.nz) so that the local residents are aware of this being lodged with the council.
This was posted to AT using their report a problem page on their website: https://at.govt.nz/about-us/contact-us/report-a-problem/
This goes out particularly to the residents of Komokoriki Hill Road & Poyner Road, but is relevant to everyone in our community.
Just to let you know that I have finally got so sick of the state of our road that i just made a complaint to Auckland Council and wondered if anyone else would like to add their voice? It is particularly bad where the single lane bridge crosses the creek at the Fire Station end of the road, so that even in a four wheel drive vehicle you risk your suspension every time you cross it. Which for all of us dropping off & picking up kids from school buses is several times per day.
The road was only regraded and potholes nominally ‘filled’ a few weeks ago, and it is already in a really bad state for early winter, and with a car rally expected along here in two weeks time.
I know we don’t stand a chance of getting any major action on our rural roads, but my suggestion is that they could at least concrete the area where the metal seal abuts the concrete edge of the bridge, which would be a more permanent and safer option than just refilling it with large stones every time the road is graded, which all disappear again within a few days, and we are back to the same or worse state as the holes continue to erode.
What does anyone else think?
You can make a case on-line by going to Auckland Council homepage, on www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, clicking on “Do it now” on the right side of the page, then on the scroll down menues click on “Report it”, and then on “streetlights, footpaths or potholes”.