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8 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, December 13, 2012 www.times.co.nz CLOSED ONLY ON CHRISTMAS DAY No surcharge on public holidays. Unit 1, 15 Cook St, Howick. Ph 535 5540. Open 7 days 10am till late BARREL INN CHRISTMAS MENU MAIN COURSE PINEAPPLE & HONEY GLAZED HAM Accompanied by warm potato salad, honey glazed baby carrots & parsnip. Finished with gravy. Or ROAST TURKEY STUFFED WITH CRANBERRY Accompanied by roast & steamed vegetables. Served with a cranberry sauce and gravy. Or SWEET ONION GLAZED LAMB LOIN CHOPS Served with creamy mash, steamed peas and gravy. DESSERT CHRISTMAS PUDDING Finished with brandy custard cream and ice cream. Or PECAN ALMOND PIE S with chantilly cream and ice c PLUS a Glass of House Wine or Tap Beer or Tea or Coffee $30 $12 LUNCH MENU available every day from 12-3pm FINAL QUIZ NIGHT Wednesday, Dec 19 CHRISTMAS-THEMED SPOT PRIZES live band Friday Dec 21 121897 Howick Local Board is asking Auckland Transport (AT) to allocate $50,000 for the ferry terminal project, deferred to the 2012-2013 year, giving priority to implementing parking restrictions at the marina, creating carpool parking bays, and investigating a paid parking regime and footpath in front of the ferry jetty to the complex. But the board’s transport portfo- lio leader, Steve Udy, is delighted that safety improvements have been made on surrounding streets without dipping into the board budget. The work has been fnanced by AT’s 2011- 2012 operational budgets. Many of the changes are aimed to reduce speeding, particularly large trucks bound for the waiheke vehicle ferry, down a hill on Pigeon Moun- tain Road and through the Prince Regent Drive and Sunderlands Road intersection. Traffc islands narrowing the road have been installed on the brow of the Pigeon Mountain Road hill to slow vehicles approaching the Sun- derlands-Prince Regent intersection. Vegetation on the right of Pigeon Mountain Road before the junction has also been trimmed to improve visibility. A fashing warning sign will soon be installed by the traffc islands to enhance safety for children crossing Pigeon Mountain Road at the inter- section on their way to schools. No-stopping broken yellow lines have been painted along both sides of a section of Pigeon Mountain Road on the marina side of the intersection before the Argo Drive turn-off. Meanwhile, an advanced stop sign has been placed in Prince Regent Drive on the corner before Tuscan Place to pre-warn people not to drive into the intersection without stop- ping. A new bus stop sign and park- ing edge line has also been installed in the street. Efforts to improve pedestrian safety and reduce the speed of vehi- cles turning left into Ara-Tai Drive from Argo Drive include an exten- sion of the kerb over the left-turning bay. car and trailer-boat parking in compass Point way has also been an ongoing concern for residents. A “no exit” sign has been placed at the entrance of the street to discour- age unnecessary entry. No stopping yellow broken lines have been intro- duced on both sides of the corner of the street with Pigeon Mountain Road, including an extension along a section of the road outside Pakuranga children’s Health camp. Mr Udy says it was often diffcult getting emergency vehicles into the health camp, especially at weekends, with cars and boat trailers parked along the street. “Also, because there are steps down to the ferry from the top of the street’s loop, many people would park there for a week or more. one car was monitored parked there for a month,” he says. consequently, 180-minute parking restriction signs have been installed on the inside of the loop for the hours outside 6pm-6am, allowing for residents’ guest parking during the evenings. “Auckland council is still to amend the bylaw regarding car and trailer parking,” says Mr Udy. “Manukau city council had no bylaw to prohibit cars and trailers, but Auckland city did. All we can do at the moment is use 180-minute parking restrictions. “The next stage is to consider simi- lar problems in Argo Drive, but we’ll need to consult with the residents. “The downside is, especially when summer comes and more cars and trailers arrive, if you take away half the parking, they will go to the next street over. it’s like scratching a sore, it spreads.” Meanwhile, AT has investigated a range of short-term initiatives proposed by the board to address traffc and parking management problems at the ferry terminal and marina. The board wanted these jobs undertaken while work continues on the ferry terminal master plan. However, AT says more substan- tial investment in time, budget and resources is needed to introduce pay and display parking for all vehicles and those with trailers, and to intro- duce a one-way traffc fow through the marina. it doesn’t consider the initiatives are achievable in the short-term. introducing free, limited, short- term parking spaces and a 12-hour restriction for the main car park and the last two car parks along Ara-Tai Drive requires more detailed review, says AT. changing parking restric- tions would require public consulta- tion that may be costly and take six to 12 months to complete. improving public transport from Howick and Highland Park town centres to Half Moon Bay would need to be dealt with under the Pub- lic Transport Network Review that will be consulted on with the board and public in mid to late 2014. AT is also waiting for a response from Bucklands Beach Yacht club before starting work to connect the footpath along the marina past the club. However, it has parking enforcement plans in place for the coming holiday season. Mr Udy says a confict exists between recreational boat users and public transport and commercial ferries. “we have private boats and com- mercial big boats crossing over out there. The harbour master is not happy about this,” he says. “i’ve been working with Maungak- iekie-Tamaki Local Board on the idea of a boat ramp at Point England. “A lot of people on that side of the Tamaki River come over here because this is the only boat ramp with free parking. “if a ferry operated between the points [Point England and Half Moon Bay], it would open Bucklands Beach and Howick Beach to a lot of residents.” Mr Udy is also keen to pursue the idea of reinstating ferries on the Tamaki Estuary. “This would be real future-proof- ing. Many of the 23,000-odd work- ers in Highbrook and East Tamaki come from Panmure, Glen innes and Pakuranga.” Panmure, he says, already has a dock and there is another deep water dock on the Pakuranga side of the Panmure Bridge. “with the parking problems we have in Half Moon Bay, extending the ferry system opens new oppor- tunities and takes cars off the motor- ways. it all links together.” PROBLEM AREA: Howick Local Board's transport portfolio leader Steve Udy says new traffic islands are designed to slow vehicles as they approach the brow of a hill in Pigeon Mountain Road leading to the Half Moon Bay Marina. Times photo Marianne Kelly Safety improvements completed As summer holidays approach, boaties will notice a range of changes aimed at reducing traffic and parking problems in the surrounding environs of Half Moon Bay Marina. MARIANNE KELLY reports.
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