Poor road safety is cited at hearings

Speedbumps, reopening a walkway between Stanley Cres and Haven Rd, and poor roading design were among frustrations vented at the Nelson City Council Draft Annual Plan hearings.

Dominic Alford submitted a petition from 17 concerned people in the Hampden St neighbourhood, including the principals of Hampden Street School and Nelson Intermediate, calling for speedbumps between Waimea Rd and Kawai St to stop speeding drivers posing a danger to other road users.

Alford said there were many young people and children using the road and with drivers "disregarding anyone but themselves".

"I have children and so it's a real concern for me," he said.

Dodson Valley Rd resident Suzi Campbell presented a petition to the council with about 70 signatures asking the council to address speed and safety concerns in the area.

"Dodson Valley Rd is a long, straight road and people tend to put their foot down," she said.

"There is currently nowhere safe provided for people to cross."

Monaco resident Garry Woodgate also requested speedbumps and a reduced speed limit in the area to slow traffic.

Stoke resident Peter Winfield said the roundabout at Suffolk and Polstead roads was poorly designed and called for a compulsory stop sign at Polstead Rd instead.

Residents Margaret Pope and Faith Price called for the council to look into repairing and reopening a walkway between Stanley Cres and Haven Rd, which had been closed after the 2011 floods. However, a council spokesperson said this walkway was on Wakatu Incorporation land and it was up to the company to fix it.

The Bridge St enhancement came under the microscope with support from Nelson Safer Community Council chairwoman Ingrid Beach, who called on the council to talk more with businesses to improve buildings.

On behalf of the National Council of Women, Queenie Ballance said the street did not require more seating, but needed businesses to lighten up their building exteriors to bring a better atmosphere to the popular street.

She also backed reopening the Stanley Cres and Haven Rd walkway and for shrubs to be cut back on Railway Reserve "to prevent people with evil intent hiding in them".

David Smythe called for pedestrian overbridges on Rocks Rd and to replace the crossings at the traffic lights in Waimea Rd.

Britannia Heights resident Candy Eason suggested the council should prioritise the Wakefield Quay and Rocks Rd development to create better links for the city.

The council will meet on May 27, 28 and 29 to discuss all the submissions on the Draft Annual Plan and decide on any changes to 2014-15 plan.

The Nelson Mail