Chair’s report to the Members of Thorndon Residents’ Association for the year ended 31 March 2016.
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Community Response Plan
This year the Association has been building on the successful and enjoyable workshop held at Pipitea Marae in September 2014 and the signing of the Thorndon/Pipitea Community Response Plan by the Council and the Residents Association at last year’s AGM. We have been working with the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) as they redesign and prepare to launch new Community Emergency Hubs to replace the old Civil Defence Centres and we work out next steps to make our community more resilient to disaster.
Thorndon is to have the first Hub and we will have a presentation by WREMO at the AGM. On 22 June, another workshop will be held, hosted by WREMO, to engage the community once again in achieving a more resilient place where we live and work, and where our children go to school.
In 2012, WCC spent $550,000 removing graffiti. That’s on council property alone. This doesn’t include costs of private graffiti removal or prevention. It is known that a timely and effective clean-up response sends a clear message to vandals that our community doesn’t tolerate graffiti. Of course graffiti turns-up on all kinds of features; on both public and privately owned property. It can be difficult for some residential property owners to deal with it. The Council has a hands-off policy when it comes to vandalism on private property.
A resulting challenge is that the cleanup response in some locations can be ‘patchy’ at times, even on publicly owned (or company owned) features, like utility cabinets, poles, etc. During the year WCC has initiated the ‘Blank It Out volunteer programme‘ to help deal with graffiti on private property. The Association has been engaged and is monitoring. We would like TRA Members to become aware of this programme, and for individuals or groups to be encouraged to participate. It’s for residents with a ‘can do, lets fix this’ attitude; the Council is behind this with support and kit.
More information can be found on the WCC website or approach a Committee member for more information.
The TRA committee identified and decided to concentrate on the three main traffic and parking issues currently having the most concern for residents.
The issues and the TRA recommended courses of action are as follows;
1) That the following changes be made to Thorndon parking restrictions;
– All P120 restrictions be removed with the exception of Tinakori Rd Village end which shall remain unchanged
– Coupon parking shall be extended to 8am to 6.00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
– The above changes be implemented on a trial basis and can be achieved by simply blocking current P120 restriction on signs with an overlay.
2) School parking restrictions remain unchanged.
3) That the issues with the overlapping parking zones of Kelburn, Clifton, Thorndon and Piptea (Central) be shelved pending the outcome of recommended changes to the P120/Coupon parking times below.
During the year the TRA also met with the council Traffic engineers discussed various smaller issues of concern including reducing the pedestrian risk crossing the lights at the intersection of Tinakori Rd and Bowen St, pedestrian crossing or other protection for pedestrians crossing Ballantrea Pl off Bowen St and the traffic logjam on Pipitea St outside GCSB building caused by School buses double parking and by the 5 minute parks at end of dotted lines forcing traffic over the double yellow lines.
The traffic engineer’s response to these was, in respect of Bowen St, that lights may be rephased to give pedestrians an early start (we believe this has occurred and this has improved this crossing somewhat) but a pedestrian-exclusive crossing has been discounted due to delays to already heavy traffic volumes. For Ballantrae Place the response was that tactile treatment at the crossing points is recommended to assist pedestrian awareness of the departure from the footpath/central refuge island to a live traffic lane and in Pipitea St we were advised that enforcement by Parking Services is recommended to limit double parking of buses in the morning peak. Lane realignment was looked at but discounted due to bus and heavy vehicle turning circle constraints.
Your committee has continued to monitor activity around Thorndon and has met with Cr Young to discuss these and other matters impacting on the Thorndon Community with a view to seeking suitable solutions.
Matthew Underwood is stepping down from the Committee and we thank him for his support for our work over an extended period. New members of committee are always welcome.
We also extend our thanks to Wellington City Council for its financial support, The Thorndon Hotel for providing us with a venue for our AGM, WREMO for its support of our community resilience planning and our newsletter sponsors, Katie Underwood of Leaders, Matthew Underwood, Chartered Accountants and The Chippery.
Chair – May 2016