In March 2013 Portobello Community Incorporated made a submission on the proposed road widening design for Portobello and Harrington Point Roads. That submission detailed a number of issues with the nature of the design and its impact on the community, the landscape and the environment. Because of the importance of this issue to our community the group distributed 600 flyers, added a display to the store and added information to this website. The City Council announced at the March Annual Plan meeting in Portobello that a further consultation meeting would be held so that residents could see proposed changes to the plans and comment further. That meeting is to be held on Monday, May 13th at 7:00pm at the Coronation Hall.
The Council have made some change to the plans, and this is an opportunity to see whether they have understood the initial concerns that the community. The new plans can be viewed at the following link. It is vital that the community see these plans and understand their implications for the future of the township and the Otago Peninsula. If you have friends, neighbours, colleagues and whanau who you feel need to know more about this project come along to the meeting and have your say.
A summary of the project changes since the initial consultation includes;
the reclamation of the old stone wall in Latham Bay, Portobello.
- the burying and moving of the old cannon site from the foreshore.
- the removal of the planned reclaimed bus stops.
- the retention of some of the rock outcrops and geological features.
There is still many areas of the plan that need finalising, particularly;
- the choice of landscaping treatments.
- beach access points.
- the need for proper crossing areas for our children to get to school safely.
- the use of gabion walls.
- how the plan deals with the pinch points at the cemetery and township
These and many other issues are things that the community need to have input on so that the design meets the community’s needs. Take the opportunity and have your say.