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John Gillon - Kaipatiki Local Board
Beach Haven Road
Beach Haven
27 days ago

Future of Rubbish

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Some parts of Auckland pay each time their rubbish is collected through rubbish tags (called "Pay-As-You-Throw") while others pay an extra charge on their rates. On 14 October, Auckland Council is going to be considering whether to adopt a standard method across Auckland, or continue with… View moreSome parts of Auckland pay each time their rubbish is collected through rubbish tags (called "Pay-As-You-Throw") while others pay an extra charge on their rates. On 14 October, Auckland Council is going to be considering whether to adopt a standard method across Auckland, or continue with a mix. They will also be considering whether to reduce the number of collections from weekly to fortnightly after the food scrap collection begins in 2023.

A recent review by Council has found that:
* there is NO evidence that Pay-As-You-Throw reduces the amount of rubbish per household, and
* Pay-As-You-Throw is "less cost-effective for the council than rates-funded solutions because of more complex systems, duplication of workloads by multiple suppliers, and the council's need to offer the service to properties across the entire region."
* Pay-As-You-Throw results in "more truck kilometres per year to deliver the service, resulting in worse outcomes for vehicle emissions, road wear, street amenity, health and safety and traffic congestion".

On Wednesday the Kaipātiki Local Board resolved that it:
* supports a transition to a rates-funded refuse service
* supports moving the general rubbish collection from weekly to fortnightly (3 board members including myself opposed this)
* supports retaining bins rather than bags for general waste
* supports retaining a fortnightly rates-funded recycling service
* supports the introduction of a rates-funded food scrap collection
* request that the council work with the Government to put a greater onus of reducing waste onto manufacturers and retailers, through systems such as the German Green Dot (Der Grüne Punkt) scheme
* requests that the council work with other councils in New Zealand to develop consistency in recycling practices.

This feedback and feedback from other local boards will now go to council's Environment and Climate Change Committee on 14 October to make a decision on the way forward.
If that decision is to change from the planned move to PAYT for everyone, then there will be public consultation in 2022/23.

If you'd like more info on the review and the conclusions it came to, you can read the memo here:
www.johngillon.co.nz...

22 days ago

Birkenhead Avenue T3 Lane and pedestrian crossing

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From Monday 18th October to Monday 22nd November, Auckland Transport will be installing a new T3 lane on Birkenhead Ave between Recreation Drive and Zion Road, and a signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing near Waratah Street.
This proposal was consulted on in March 2019, and after concerns were … View more
From Monday 18th October to Monday 22nd November, Auckland Transport will be installing a new T3 lane on Birkenhead Ave between Recreation Drive and Zion Road, and a signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing near Waratah Street.
This proposal was consulted on in March 2019, and after concerns were raised about the T3 ending too close to Onewa Road, it has been pulled back to just before Zion Road.

Once completed, the T3 lane will be operative from 6:30-10:00AM Monday-Friday.

More info: at.govt.nz...

The project includes:
* Creation of a 400m South-bound T3 lane on Birkenhead Ave from Recreation Drive to Zion Road.
* Installation of a signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing to the North of Warratah St.
* Removal of existing pedestrian crossing outside 147 Birkenhead Ave.
* Changes to the lane configuration on approach to the Onewa Rd intersection to support the transit lane.
* Relocation of bus stop from outside 98 Birkenhead Ave to outside Birkenhead War Memorial Park.
* Installation of broken yellow lines along the western kerb from 80 to 90 Birkenhead Ave, as there won’t be sufficient road width to accommodate on-street parking.
* Removal of broken yellow lines outside 147 and 149 Birkenhead Ave.

A brief history of the project:
* March 2019: AT goes out for public consultation on the T3 lane, blindsiding the Kaipātiki Local Board and MP Dan Bidois, as the project had never been mentioned in numerous transport discussions.
* March 2019: MP Dan Bidois launches a petition against the T3 lane and gains over 1000 signatures.
* April 2019: The Kaipātiki Local Board gives conditional support for the plan, as long as two changes are made: That the general lane and the T3 lane both continue around the corner onto Onewa Rd so that vehicles aren't forced to merge prior to the intersection, AND that a clearway is installed along the new T3 lane outside of T3 hours.
* May 2019: The Kaipātiki Local Board is informed by AT that they had considered 4 other options to reconfigure the intersection and provide a much better outcome that would allow the T3 lane to connect into the Onewa Rd T3 lane, but had not put them out for consultation or advised the Kaipātiki Local Board before it gave feedback. Instead it had consulted on a cheaper solution with worse outcomes. See: www.stuff.co.nz...
* November 2020: AT confirms that the T3 is going ahead with minor changes around Zion Rd, subject to funding.
* September 2021: AT confirms that funding is confirmed and that construction will begin on 18 October 2021.

3 days ago

Update on Beach Haven Coastal Connection

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Update on Beach Haven Coastal Connection:
Next week the Kaipatiki Local Board will be considering a number of long-awaited exciting projects, including Stage 1 and 2 of the Beach Haven Coastal Connection track upgrade!

STAGE ONE:
Stage 1 is for the upgrade of existing tracks throughout Shepherds … View more
Update on Beach Haven Coastal Connection:
Next week the Kaipatiki Local Board will be considering a number of long-awaited exciting projects, including Stage 1 and 2 of the Beach Haven Coastal Connection track upgrade!

STAGE ONE:
Stage 1 is for the upgrade of existing tracks throughout Shepherds Park. It can begin soon after it is approved, and is expected to be completed by March 2022. Stage 1 includes:
* Upgrade of most of the tracks through the bush in the North-Western bush area (shown in light blue and yellow),
* Upgrade of the loop path to an accessible standard (shown in yellow),
* Extension of the concrete path to provide accessible access to the lookout (shown in black),
* Safety upgrade of the lookout area, including a level viewing area and a new fence set back from the cliff-edge (shown in pink),
* Upgrade of the entrance to Hellyers Creek Reserve at the dip in Beach Haven Road (shown in light blue).

STAGE TWO:
Stage 2 is for the upgrade of tracks throughout Hellyers Creek Reserve. It can begin as soon as consent is approved, which is expected to be in March 2022 with completion by June 2023 (final maps still to come). Stage 2 includes:
* Upgrade of tracks to a step-free standard from the lookout in Shepherds Park, through Hellyers Creek Reserve around the coast to Beach Haven Road,
* Realignment of several sections to avoid wet areas and provide step-free access, including a boardwalk near the Lancaster Road entrance.

STAGE THREE:
In 2019 the Local Board consulted on several options for enhancing the Beach Haven Coastal Connection to provide a continuous link from Tui Park through to Witherford Reserve & Eskdale Reserve. Unfortunately due to COVID-19-related budget cuts, the funding that we had tagged to the project was pushed out until at least 2024/25 and is now referred to as Stage 3.

Below are the results of the consultation, however this may need to be repeated when the funding becomes available again:

* 28% - Do Nothing (option 1)
* 72% - Proceed with Option 2, 3, 4a or 4b.

Of the 72% who chose to proceed, the options were ranked as follows:

* 53% - Option 4b: Glulam bridge from behind Paragon Ave to near Lancaster Rd, and boardwalk from behind O'Donn Ave to Kahika Reserve.
* 50% - Option 2: Boardwalk between Shepherds Park and Tui Park.
* 42% - Option 3: Boardwalk between Shepherds Park and Tui Park, with a spur to Tui Park Beach.
* 35% - Option 4a: Suspension bridge between Shepherds Park near the football club to behind Paragon Avenue.

NOTE that the football club to Paragon Ave portion of Option 4a, and the Paragon Ave to Lancaster Rd portion of option 4b, are now redundant because alternative designs for these portions are being incorporated into Stage 2 of the track upgrades.

3 days ago

Leigh Scenic Reserve trackwork gets underway

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Fences have now gone up at Leigh Scenic Reserve, Bayview, in preparation for stage 1 of the work to upgrade the tracks to help prevent kauri dieback disease. There will also be 3 shoe-cleaning stations installed.
The project has been split into 5 stages, with stages 1-3 at Leigh Scenic Reserve and … View more
Fences have now gone up at Leigh Scenic Reserve, Bayview, in preparation for stage 1 of the work to upgrade the tracks to help prevent kauri dieback disease. There will also be 3 shoe-cleaning stations installed.
The project has been split into 5 stages, with stages 1-3 at Leigh Scenic Reserve and stages 4-5 at the Glenfield Coastal Walkway between Lynn Reserve and Manuka Reserve.
During the project, there will be two helicopter drops, during which the Lynn Reserve playground will be temporarily closed.

Below are the dates for the 5 stages of work, however there could be some overlap, particularly between stages 2 and 3:

Stage One: G7, G8, G9, G10 (from 11.10.21 – 04.12.21)
Stage Two: G11, G12, G13 (from 06.12.21 – 19.02.22)
Stage Three: G12, G13 (from 31.01.22 – 19.02.22)
Stage Four: F5, F4, F3, F1 (from 21.02.22 – 01.05.22)
Stage Five: E4 (from 18.04.22 – 01.05.22)

Work hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm, Monday – Saturday. No work on Sundays or public holidays.

7 days ago

High Vaccination Uptake

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Well done to Kaipātiki on the high COVID-19 vaccination uptake!
The latest data (as of Tuesday 5 October) shows that for the Kaipātiki Local Board area (west of the motorway and south of Sunset Rd), 89% of people over 12 years old have received their first dose and 53% have received the second. I… View more
Well done to Kaipātiki on the high COVID-19 vaccination uptake!
The latest data (as of Tuesday 5 October) shows that for the Kaipātiki Local Board area (west of the motorway and south of Sunset Rd), 89% of people over 12 years old have received their first dose and 53% have received the second. I expect the second dose figure to go up over the coming weeks to match the first dose figure, so we're well on-track to 90% coverage.
The rates are a little lower for our local Māori and Pacific Island communities, but still very high at 72% and 79% respectively.

Meanwhile, the wider North Shore is tracking well with 90% first dose for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area; 86% for the Hibiscus And Bays Local Board area; and 89% for the Upper Harbour Local Board area.

Source: Data from Ministry of Health (as of 11:59pm 5 October 2021); Maps from thespinoff.co.nz; Tables from Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU)

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