Proposal status: Feedback closed 14 October 2021
Reference number: BYL-526
In September 2021, we proposed changes to improve access and availability of parking on Westwood Terrace and include Westwood Terrace in the proposed Herne Bay Resident Parking Zone. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed between April and June 2022, in line with the construction timeframe for the Herne Bay Resident Parking Zone.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
Community feedback in support of the proposal
Respondents who were in support of this proposal noted that there is an issue with parking congestion on Westwood Terrace, and that it is often difficult for residents to access on-street parking spaces. It was also noted that the turnover of these parking spaces was of concern to residents, as all day parkers often occupy parking spaces for long periods of time. Those in favour of the proposal further stated that drivers parking at the head of the cul-de-sac is a current safety concern to them. Both rubbish trucks and emergency services vehicles cannot access Westwood Terrace or turn around safely, and often rubbish trucks are forced to reverse down the street, which is not safe practise.
Parking space availability and access
- Concern that removing parking around the cul-de-sac would eliminate too many on-street parking spaces for residents who park here. This proposal is in response to access and safety concerns raised to Auckland Transport. Parking congestion at the head of Westwood Terrace cul-de-sac has meant that rubbish trucks and emergency services vehicles cannot safely turn around. Waste management companies have told us that rubbish trucks had to reverse out of the cul-de-sacs because of cars parked along the street. This is not a safe practise, and this proposal aims to address these concerns and ensure that both pedestrians and vehicles on Westwood Terrace are safe. Further, it should be noted that only two legal on-street parking spaces are being removed within this proposal.
- Concern that the proposal will increase parking availability issues on Westwood Terrace by reducing the number of available on-street parking spaces for residents to use. While the broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) will reduce the number of spaces available in the cul-de-sac, the Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) will ease congestion and reduce the number of all-day parkers using these on-street parking spaces. By becoming part of the RPZ residents will be able to park on Shelly Beach Road if there is no availability on Westwood Terrace.
- Concern that the reasoning behind the proposal is wrong and that it is only residents who park on Westwood Terrace (not all-day parkers), who require the parking spaces. While the spaces are mainly used by residents any remaining spaces are often quickly taken by all day parkers, leaving the area fully occupied with little turnover for residents.
Request to keep some on-street parking spaces.
- Request that the broken yellow lines do not extend out to the straight section of Westwood Terrace, and are only around the head of the cul-de-sac. When vehicles park opposite each other on the straight section of Westwood Terrace it causes access issues to the head of the cul-de-sac. This creates safety issues with large vehicles having to reverse the length of the street, presenting a danger to both pedestrians and drivers.
- Request that the on-street parking spaces outside of no.3 and no.5 Westwood Terrace are not removed The white lines on Westwood Terrace outside of no.5 have been marked incorrectly and are not official road markings painted by Auckland Transport. The broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) are required here because when vehicles park opposite each other on the straight section of Westwood Terrace it causes access issues to the head of the cul-de-sac. The broken yellow lines need to be painted on the southern side of Westwood Terrace as the driveways of no.3 and no.5 have been widened in the last few years. By painting the broken yellow lines outside of no.5, we are maximising parking by only removing 1 legal on-street parking space, instead of 2 if they were painted outside of no.4 and no.6.
- Request that the on-street parking space outside of no.5 Westwood Terrace is not removed, this space is used during the week for the residents’ use. Once the Resident Parking Zone is introduced there should be more on-street parking availability on both Westwood Terrace and Shelly Beach Road for residents to use.
Broken yellow lines are not required on Westwood Terrace.
- Concern that the Herne Bay Resident Parking Zone amends the issue of parking congestion on Westwood Terrace, and that the broken yellow lines are not required. The broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) are required on Westwood Terrace to resolve the access and safety concerns presented to Auckland Transport that currently exist on Westwood Terrace. The broken yellow lines are needed at the head of the cul-de-sac to ensure that rubbish trucks, emergency services vehicles and motorists can safely turn around, ensuring that pedestrian and driver safety is prioritised.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area.
On behalf of everyone at Auckland Transport, we hope this letter finds you and your whānau well during the change in alert levels. As part of our work to keep Aucklanders moving, we are planning changes to improve access and availability of parking on Westwood Terrace and include Westwood Terrace in the proposed Herne Bay Resident Parking Zone.
We are proposing to:
- Paint 84m of broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) at the head of Westwood Terrace cul-de-sac. This will remove 2 on-street legal parking spaces.
- Include Westwood Terrace in the Herne Bay Resident Parking Zone. This includes implementing a timed parking restriction for two hours from Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. Residents within the zone can apply for a permit to exempt them from the restriction. This restriction is being consulted on across selected residential streets in Herne Bay.
We have received a customer request to address the issue of parking congestion on Westwood Terrace. There are 12 legal on-street parking spaces on Westwood Terrace where currently up to 20 vehicles have been parking. When vehicles park too close to driveways, opposite each other, or around the head of the cul-de-sac they create access and safety issues as vehicles can no longer manoeuvre here safely. By painting broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on Westwood Terrace, access will be improved for all vehicles, including rubbish collection trucks and emergency services.
The Herne Bay Resident Parking Zone applies to selected residential streets in Herne Bay, including Westwood Terrace, where we have received complaints from customers about all-day parkers. The P120 restriction will reduce parking congestion and improve access to parking spaces, as it allows short term parking for visitors and all-day parking for eligible residents.
Auckland Transport is taking a Vision Zero approach to road safety. This means we are striving to have zero deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050. To achieve this, we are working to create a more forgiving road network that recognises that we are human and make mistakes. But those mistakes should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
What happens next
- We’ll consider all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
- We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
- We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.
Westwood Terrace, Saint Marys Bay: Safe with us
Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around Westwood Terrace are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).