Today the Kaipatiki Local Board officially called on Auckland Transport to immediately stop resealing suburban roads in chip seal, and for Auckland Transport and Auckland Council to prioritise spending in the 2021–2031 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) to ensure that all of Auckland’s … View moreToday the Kaipatiki Local Board officially called on Auckland Transport to immediately stop resealing suburban roads in chip seal, and for Auckland Transport and Auckland Council to prioritise spending in the 2021–2031 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) to ensure that all of Auckland’s suburban roads are sealed to a safe, usable and quality standard, such as asphaltic concrete (or equivalent). The motion passed the vote 5:3.
Now our formal request is heading to the board of Auckland Transport, the Mayor and Councillors for a response.
We have heard you loud and clear. The modern methodology of laying small, loose chips on the road is not working and causing many issues and concerns. In many instances, the chips are continuing to shed from the road for months or years after being laid.
Please read the full request below.
To read the background of this issue, comments from the public and supporting documents from the meeting agenda, download the PDF from here (3MB):
Moved: Chair John Gillon; Seconded: Deputy Chair Danielle Grant
That the Kaipātiki Local Board:
a) note that according to the Auckland Transport Reseal Guidelines that were adopted in 2014, the chip seal method “must” be used to reseal all roads unless specific criteria apply (as listed in section 5.1 of the guidelines), meaning that most suburban roads across Auckland will be resealed in chip seal, or be partially resealed in chip seal, under this policy, even where they were previously sealed in asphaltic concrete.
b) note the considerable concern and anxiety from Kaipātiki residents over the effects that chip sealed roads are currently having on the community and environment, including (but not limited to):
· vehicles having windscreens cracked, brake discs damaged, brake pad sensors and ABS sensors damaged, and paint scratched by loose chips flicked up when driven over (even at slow speeds)
· cars, motorbikes and bicycles skidding on loose chips
· children having difficulty skating, scootering, trike-riding and bike-riding on footpaths covered in loose chips
· damage caused to carpets, wooden floors and decks after loose stones are tracked into houses
· loose chips on the berm grass flicked up by lawn mowers at pedestrians, cyclists and passing vehicles
· loose chips accumulating in the gutter and stormwater network
· increase in noise to neighbouring residents from vehicles driving over loose chip seal
· bare patches on roads where chips have shed.
c) express concern at the numerous safety issues that the Auckland Transport Reseal Guidelines are having on the users of suburban roads that have been resealed with chip seal in the last few years, including pedestrians, school children, cyclists, motorists, skaters, scooters, prams and dogs.
d) express concern that for many chip-sealed roads, loose chips continue to travel onto footpaths and grass berms, down driveways, into houses, and onto neighbouring asphalt-sealed roads for weeks, months - and in some cases years – after they are laid, and after multiple sweeps of the road.
e) express concern that the grade of stone used in chip seal surfaces appears to be a smaller chip than used in the past, and that the current method used is resulting in much more loose chip shedding from the road than in the past, acknowledging that some roads have always been chip-sealed but that the extent of shedding (and resulting problems) has never been at the level per road that we are now seeing.
f) considers that a change from asphaltic concrete to a loose chip seal surface is effectively a downgrade to an inferior quality of road seal and a drop in standard of a core council responsibility, even where it complies with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s "M6 Chip Sealing Standards".
g) request that Auckland Transport immediately stop resealing suburban roads in chip seal, and update the Auckland Transport Reseal Guidelines with a revision that endorses asphaltic concrete (or equivalent) road surfaces as the default surface, rather than chip seal.
h) request that Auckland Transport and Auckland Council prioritise spending in the 2021– 2031 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) to ensure that all of Auckland’s suburban roads are sealed to a safe, usable and quality standard, such as asphaltic concrete (or equivalent), acknowledging that this will require a considerable increase in budget allocation and may not qualify for subsidy from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
i) note that while Auckland Transport is empowered with governance, management and decision-making of Auckland’s road corridors, it does not own the roads (Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009, Section 46, Clause 4), and it is the duty of elected members to raise concerns about Auckland Transport’s decisions and management on behalf of the people of Auckland who do own the roads via the Auckland Council.
j) request that this resolution and the associated Notice of Motion report and attachments are circulated to the Auckland Transport Board, the Mayor and Auckland Council Governing Body members, the Independent Māori Statutory Board, and all Local Board members for their information and action.
- CARRIED 5:3
Onewa Road? Glenfield Road? Buses and ferries? Chip seal? Footpaths? Cycle lanes? Raised crossings? Park'n'rides? Roundabouts? Transit lanes? Speed limits? Yellow lines? Northern Pathway? Regional Fuel Tax?
There are only a few more days to have your say on the Regional Land Transport … View moreOnewa Road? Glenfield Road? Buses and ferries? Chip seal? Footpaths? Cycle lanes? Raised crossings? Park'n'rides? Roundabouts? Transit lanes? Speed limits? Yellow lines? Northern Pathway? Regional Fuel Tax?
There are only a few more days to have your say on the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) which is the 10-year plan for Auckland’s transport network.
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to let Auckland Transport know if they have got their transport priorities right, and whether they have allocated funding to the transport projects and initiatives that you care about.
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Last night the Kaipatiki Local Board supported member Adrian Tyler's motion calling on Auckland Transport to remove the angle parks from in front of the shared Birkenhead Primary School and Bowling Club carpark on Mokoia Road, and reinstate parallel parking, before there is a serious injury or… View moreLast night the Kaipatiki Local Board supported member Adrian Tyler's motion calling on Auckland Transport to remove the angle parks from in front of the shared Birkenhead Primary School and Bowling Club carpark on Mokoia Road, and reinstate parallel parking, before there is a serious injury or death.
As you can see from this video, there is very little visibility when leaving the carpark, and this is of particular concern at school drop-off and pick-up times. There have already been numerous near-misses.
At the meeting, letters were tabled from Birkenhead Primary School, Birkenhead Bowling Club and the Birkenhead Village Town Centre Association supporting the removal of the angle parks.
Auckland Transport have previously been alerted to this situation, but have said that is not a current priority, and would require an audit of the wider school vicinity. The Local Board has said that it would support an emergency interim response of planter boxes until the reinstatement of parallel parks could be completed.
Hopefully AT will respond adequately to this situation soon.
Resolution number KAI/2021/27
MOVED by Member A Tyler, seconded by Member M Kenrick:
That the Kaipātiki Local Board:
a) note its concern that there will be a serious injury or death outside of 95 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead, due to the angle parking blocking the view of vehicles exiting Birkenhead Bowling Club and Birkenhead Primary School’s shared carpark.
b) request that Auckland Transport remove the 5 angle parks in front of 95 Mokoia Road and located between the shared vehicle access serving Birkenhead Primary School & Birkenhead Bowling Club and the vehicle access at 97B Mokoia Road and reinstate the parallel parking that was previously in this location as soon as possible to prevent a serious incident from occurring.
c) note that the angle parks in front of 97B Mokoia Road are not included in the scope of this motion and should be left as they are.
d) note that as an emergency interim response the board would support the use of planter boxes or plywood boxes such as those recently used by Auckland Transport in a ‘Safer Streets’ project in Onehunga to block off the two angle parks closest to the school carpark entrance (as long as view lines for exiting drivers were not impeded by these) until full reinstatement of these carparks to parallel is able to be completed.
e) request that the portion of Mokoia Road outside Birkenhead Primary is included for investigation in tranche 2 of the Safe Speeds Programme, which is considering lowering speed limits on roads outside schools.
f) table letters and video footage in support of this motion provided by Birkenhead Primary School, Birkenhead Town Centre Association and Birkenhead Bowling Club.
Work is now well underway creating a new toddler playspace at Jean Sampson Reserve, Northcote Point. The shade sail poles are installed, and when I visited recently, the pathways and adventure trail were being formed. Work is on-track to be completed in late-May/early-June (weather permitting).
The… View moreWork is now well underway creating a new toddler playspace at Jean Sampson Reserve, Northcote Point. The shade sail poles are installed, and when I visited recently, the pathways and adventure trail were being formed. Work is on-track to be completed in late-May/early-June (weather permitting).
The Kaipātiki Local Board has re-imagined the playground area as a fenced toddler playspace, with slides, tunnel, sandpit, talk tubes, climbing and imaginative nature play. There will also be shade sails, seating, picnic table, plantings and the current swing will be upgraded to include a basket swing. Importantly, the memorial fire engine will be cleaned up and relocated within the new playground, and the basketball half-court is staying.
- Funded by the Kaipātiki Local Board.
The Inwards Reserve playground on Salisbury Road, Birkdale, is temporarily closed while the broken wooden edging is replaced with 70m of new timber, and extra bark is added. The perimeter will be a little larger than before as it will now encompass all the shade sail poles.