Nor West News : February 12th 2015
www.stuff.co.nz NEWS NOR-WEST NEWS, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 Sealing timetable irks By CARYN WIGMORE RATEPAYERS are being urged to back a campaign for more rates spent on sealing Rodney roads. The Rodney region, at 78 per cent, has the highest slice of unsealed roads in the Auckland Region. Rodney Local Board mem- ber Greg Sayers is running a community-led campaign backed by board member Phelan Pirrie to see a greater share of rates being spent on Rodney’s road sealing programme. Sayers and Pirrie are call- ing nor-west ratepayers to make submissions to council before March 16 on the region’s proposed 10-year budget. People have until then to have their say before final decisions are made by council in June. No roads in the north west of Rodney are likely to be sealed for the next 16 years, according to Auckland Transport’s publicly released seal extension guidelines, Sayers says. However, a boost in the road sealing budget would rapidly speed up these improvements, he says. Sayers is lobbying to get $10 million allocated per year for the next decade to seal Rodney’s roads. ‘‘Rodney ratepayers pay $62m a year while deplorable unsafe roads remain unsealed,’’ Sayers says. He is appealing to members of the public to ‘‘help to put an end to this unfairness.’’ Rodney’s rate take includes $33m from the rural sector where road sealing is mostly required, Sayers says. Standard council services such as water supply, sewage and wastewater services are not supplied to these property owners unlike other urban ratepayers. ‘‘Nor-west News readers are angry that council wants to overlook such an important safety, health and economic problem,’’ he says. ‘‘People do not accept that such a small amount of Rodney’s ratepayers money is being allocated back into rural Rodney.’’ More than 12,000 people have been reached so far through his Seal Rodney Roads campaign running on Facebook. The Te Awaroa Residents and Ratepayers Association for Helensville and Parakai have fully endorsed the campaign, Sayers says, and he expects other ratepayer groups to follow. Pirrie says the No 1 com- plaint he receives from ratepayers is about unsealed roads. ‘‘They’re going to pay rates their entire lives and they’re not going to see anything for it. ‘‘All we’re asking for is one third of the rural rate take essentially coming back as road sealing,’’ Pirrie says. ‘‘They used to do this but Rough road: Rodney local board members Phelan Pirrie and Greg Sayers survey Mahana Rd, Waimauku, which they say under the proposed budget of the Long Term Plan will not likely be sealed for at least 20 years. Photo:CARYNWIGMORE Government withdrew subsidies and hasn’t put the funding back into it.’’ Pirrie has heard reports of flat tyres and damage to cars caused by the unsealed roads and dust in summer causing breathing problems. One elderly couple had to install water filters because the dust was landing on the roof and ending up in their tank water, he says. The rural roads are also well populated by tourists visiting nor-west attractions and residents from other parts of Auckland shopping at Awa Nurseries in Mahana Rd, Waimauku, which is unsealed. ❚ Go to sealrodneyroads .co.nz/submissions.html to make a submission. Auckland Council has approved $14m funding for sealing unsealed roads in the region over 10 years (from 2013 to 2022). This includes $1.5m for this year. The majority of unsealed roads are in the former Rodney District (78 per cent) with the remainder in the gulf islands, west and south Auckland. Auckland Transport is responsible for sealing the unsealed roads and has developed Seal Extension Guidelines to prioritise unsealed roads. The guidelines use a weighted scoring system that includes: ❚ The number of cars and heavy vehicles using the road. ❚ The number of properties and amenities close to or on the road. ❚ The steepness of the road and number of accidents that have occurred on it. ❚ Regional and local priority (through routes, access, environmental, growth, tourism). The outcome of this prioritisation process is a ranking of all the unsealed roads compared to the available budget in the Auckland Council Long Term Plan. The highest priority unsealed roads have now been identified and from that list a 10-year seal extension schedule has been developed. ❚ Go to aucklandtransport. govt.nz#projects to find out which roads will be sealed in the next 10 years. ■ Go to aucklandtransport. govt.nz#dust about the use of dust supressants. Dirtbike riders on alert for stolen bike By CARYN WIGMORE A burglary victim has enlisted fellow members of the dirtbike industry to keep vigil for a rare model of bike stolen from his Kumeu home. Missing bike: Reece McLeod’s stolen Yamaha YZ250FX dirtbike. Reece McLeod says his missing Yamaha YZ250FX is so new there are only about 10 of them in the whole North Island. He had only owned the 2015 dirtbike for two weeks when brazen thieves stole it from his garage this month. ‘‘They’ll think they’ve hit the jackpot, but will find it very difficult to move as it’s such a new model and easily distinguishable,’’ he says. The bike’s VIN number JYACG37C2FA001126 is stamped into the frame. McLeod bought the bike, worth about $13,499, to trail ride during his leisure time. The Yamaha YZ250FX was pinched on February 3 about 6am from his garage in Koraha Rd. Neighbours heard the bike start and accelerate down Koraha Rd and onto Riverhead Rd heading towards Riverhead. ‘‘My partner had just gone to the gym at 5.15am so they would have either been in the garage at that time or somewhere on the property. ‘‘This is a busy time of the morning so someone may have seen a dirtbike being ridden by someone without a helmet just on daylight. It would have looked pretty suspicious,’’ he said. Say it with SAYERSSAYERS YOU Can Help www.SealRodneyRoads.co.nz YOU To get our Roads Sealed! Your support is being called upon to have the road sealing budget set at the fair level of $10 million a year. Visit our website above to find out more. Fill-out the prepared Submission Form to Auckland Council. We need your voice. Support this community-led initiative. Rodney ratepayers pay $62 million a year while deplorable unsafe roads remain unsealed. Stop Auckland Council’s rate siphoning. Help to put an end to this unfairness. Positively support Rodney rates being spent back on road sealing and better road maintenance. Between now and 16 March you can “Have Your Say”. Please support this campaign. NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC Located in the picturesque and peaceful RUBY’SBAR AND KITCHEN surrounds of the Huapai Golf Club 1261 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu Fully Licensed Café • Restaurant • Bar Cafe Open: Wed – Sun 8am – 4pm (Kitchen closes 3pm) Restaurant Open: Wed & Fri for Dinner 6pm – late (Kitchen closes 8pm) Bar Open: Mon & Tues 1.30 – 6pm Wed – Sun 10.30am – late Ph: 09 412 8809 Extn 3 6526803AD 6535470AA with Aces High at Ruby’s Bar | Fri Nite dinner Feb 20* *Bookings essential Thieves entered from a gate at the back of the property which is not visible from the road. McLeod believes they orig- inally wanted to steal tools as his lawnmower was taken from the back shed and abandoned over the neighbour’s fence. ❚ Phone Kumeu police on 412 5194 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information. IN BRIEF Head1 3 Two-car collision One person was seriously injured and another sustained moderate injuries in a two-car collision on State Highway 16, Helensville. Both patients were rushed to hospital after the Monday morning smash. The road was closed for some time. Members of the police serious crash unit are investigating. Budget feedback Have your say on the Auckland Council’s 10-year budget at community feedback events next month. The Rodney Local Board wants to hear your views on main street and footpath upgrades, Kumeu Arts Centre expansion, environmental restoration and preservation projects, a new playground in either Kumeu or Warkworth, toilet upgrades in both towns and township walking, cycling and fitness links. Public feedback events are on March 5 in the Lions Lounge, Rautawhiri Park, Helensville, from 3pm till 4.30pm and the Kumeu Art Centre, 6.30pm till 8.30pm. March 7 sessions are in the Shoesmith Hall, Warkworth, 10am till noon, and the Wellsford War Memorial Library, 1pm till 3pm. Visit shapeauckland.co.nz or call 09 301 0101 to register. Submissions close on March 16. Fatal crash A 33-year-old man has died after a car smash in McEntee Rd, Waitakere. He was Gene Aaron Glenn of Henderson. Glenn was the driver and sole occupant of a car which crashed early Saturday afternoon on the road which leads east from Waitakere township. ‘‘Early reports indicate that the vehicle has failed to take a bend and has overturned,’’ a media release says. There were no reports of other injuries. Fire and ambulances were on the scene and McEntee Rd was closed for the afternoon between Northfield Rd and Kay Rd.
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