Rodney residents express their roading frustrations
Rodney roads are plagued by potholes and residents have had enough.
With around 678 kilometres of unsealed roads, motorists are frustrated by the damage caused to their vehicles by the road conditions.
Warkworth resident Erin Hearne created a Facebook page after he saw a resident receive a flat tyre after driving up a road in Warkworth.
"The page is a space where people can show examples of the roads. I want it to be a page that people can go to for advice and to find links to send their complaints to the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport.
"I would like it to become an instructive forum as well as a place where people feel they can moan," he said.
Hearne said he had been thinking about creating the page for a while after he had car suspension issues.
"I have a big four wheel drive and another car that I refuse to use because of the conditions.
"Some roads are not even safe for cars let alone motorbike users. All roads need to be suitable for all road users, not just trucks and big cars."
This month it was announced that Rodney residents gave just enough support for the transport targeted rate to go ahead.
With 53 per cent of submitters backing the Rodney Local Board, this meant the transport targeted rate would move to the next stage of investigation and ratepayers could pay between $114-200 per annum and replace the council's transport levy – which would expire in June 2018.
Deputy chairman Phelan Pirrie said the board needed 50 per cent to move into phase two and, if successful, it would use ratepayers' money for transport issues.
The transport issues included sealing unsealed roads.
The board will now carry out a feasibility assessment, two months of analysis and a consultation with Auckland Council.
"We may not be able to come up with a set of proposals people can accept. But I think we can," Pirrie said.
The board received a total of 1592 public feedback submissions and will review feedback before revising draft plans for a finalised plan later this year.
Auckland Transport said there is around 860kms of unsealed roads in Auckland which would cost more than $350 million to seal.
Auckland Council's long term plan for 2015 to 2018 allocated $10 million for road sealing which is enough to seal 12.56kms, $1.1 million of this is going to the Rodney Local Board.
- Rodney Times