Nor West News : December 1st 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 4 NOR-WEST NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2011 NEWS Find out more We need your support and input to help us shape a stronger future for our area and to bring the board s aspirations to life. To view the Waitakere Local Board Plan and find out more about how you can play your part, please contact us. (09) 813 9150 WaitakereRangesLocal Board@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz www.aucklandcouncil. govt.nz/waitakereranges www.facebook.com/ waitakereranges 39 Glenmall Glen Eden Your voice for Waitakere Ranges OG_AC0544_NWN A new lease of life for Glen Eden's heart Progressing an urban design framework for the redevelopment of Glen Eden is a high priority identified in the Waitakere Ranges Local Board plan. "We will lead and advocate for the revitalisation project because we want to develop Glen Eden s role and reputation as a modern town centre and 'gateway to the west coast ," says Board Chair Denise Yates. "We will do this through urban design and development that harnesses its strong heritage features and public transport connections." The framework includes providing better connections from Glenmall Place carpark to the main street, and upgrading the mall, where pedestrian safety improvements and beautification works are under way. "It s a small beginning, but it s part of our plan to create a busy, safe and interesting town centre providing local business opportunity, meeting places and a sense of identity." Denise Yates inspects progress at Glen Eden town centre redevelopment Getting the right balance Protecting the exceptional natural environment of the Waitakere Ranges while managing recreation and tourism interests is an important goal for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Balancing the impact of economic development with the Heritage Area s protection, and building community agreement about what constitutes the right balance, is a task the Board will progress with careful management. Local communities are essential partners in setting the area s goals. "We all love the ranges for their beauty, unique ecosystems, heritage and recreational uses, so we must ensure that people can enjoy them, without damaging the features that make the area so special," says Board Chair Denise Yates. "This includes protecting their quietness and darkness, the subservience of the built environment to the area s natural and rural landscape, and the opportunities for wilderness experience, recreation and relaxation." Roaring appreciation: Children at Sunny Days Community Pre School with new resources of books donated by the Helensville Lions Club. Thanks We would like to acknowledge the support from the children and staff for our new educational books and CDs. The Lions Club of Helensville donated $550 towards new books for the centre. The staff and children were so excited unwrapping and reading the books. They are lucky to have a great supporting Lions club in the community. Thank you. Sunny Days Helensville Community Pre School School buses The Nor-west News article on November 17 highlighting a Call for flashing signs on buses does highlight a dangerous scenario with ... 23 children killed in the past 23 years crossing the road from buses . Out west in Kumeu I continually see examples where school children are put at risk, not only by passing motorists but by the children s parents and also the bus companies. To look at these separately: Motorists -- on State Highway 16 the speed limit is 80kmh and I daily observe motorists passing, at 80kmh, school buses, which are loading, or unloading school children. The speed limit for motorists passing a school bus that is loading or unloading children is 20kmh and this speed limit covers both sides of the road. Therefore the motorists are exceeding the speed limit at that point by 60kmh. If you are speeding at 40kmh above the speed limit and caught by police, they will automatically suspend your driver s licence for 28 days. When I slow to 20kmh to pass a school bus that is loading or unloading children, I inevitably see other motorists rushing up behind me and live in fear of being rear-ended. This is even more so, if I am travelling on the other side of the road to the bus as then abuse and gestures are added to the rear-ending ram risk. Not to mention those motorists who attempt to overtake me. Parents -- a school bus that is loading or unloading children does so at designated stopping areas. Frequently I see that entire area occupied by parents in their cars awaiting the arrival of the school bus. As no room is left for the bus to pull off the road, the bus often has to stop in a position where it causes an obstruction or a risk to other road users, let alone the alighting school children. The bus companies -- Firstly, loading and unloading areas are not selected at random, nor daily, by a whim. The bus company should be insistent upon safe and suitable areas being designated by local government and being clearly signposted. After all, other bus stops are, so why not school bus stops? Secondly, although it is an offence for a bus to have a school bus sign displayed when it is not being used for transporting children, I see buses setting off from and returning to their depots with these signs clearly displayed, despite not in the process of carrying school children. Perhaps your paper should spend some time aboard a selected few school buses and then publicise the offences and dangers observed? If so, please show the registration plates of the vehicle involved.Vern Ballance Kumeu Pool fencing There was an explosion in our house! Not literally involving dynamite and so on, but definitely hot air caused by a sudden rush of boiling outrage thereby causing many expletives and words not polite to print here. We received notice from Auckland Council regarding the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 saying that once every three years the Auckland Council carries out an inspection of all swimming and spa pools in the city. We have no problem with this but after a decade why do we suddenly need inspection? Our pool is fenced with 6ft (1.98 metres) high solid fencing, is covered and has a locked and padlocked gate that was built alongside our house, and been enjoyed by us, our family and friends for many years. Our grandchildren are now teens but have been supervised and guided in swimming pool safety since they were preschoolers. We are in a rural position unlikely to attract any child because of distance from the housing areas. The real kicker to us is the council intends to charge a fee of $115 for our pool inspection. I don t think so! We pay substantial rates -- why isn t this ridiculous fee included in them? I am sure it s there somewhere anyway. One more money-grabbing exercise that won t succeed I m afraid. I sincerely hope I am not home when the inspector calls and whoever it is better know they had better bring ear plugs! C A Jones Shelly Beach Solving mysteries: Reece Spragg and Samantha Evans of Kaukapakapa School deduct plenty of theories on their crime board. Students get a crash course in forensics Move over Sherlock Holmes. Seven Kaukapakapa School students attended a three- day forensics course at Kristin College in Albany. They worked as detectives solving violent murders designed and elaborately staged by another group of students. They requested police interviews, checked for fingerprints and DNA, sifted through the red herrings and presented their warrant for arrest. They also spent time listening to guest speakers reveal how crimes are solved from evidence gathered and examined. Go to www.nor-westnews.co .nz to see photos of Kauka- pakapa School's experiences at the Long Bay-based Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre.
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