Proposal status: Feedback closed 24 February 2020, last updated 17 April 2020
Reference number: BYL-431
In February 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve road safety and visibility, we proposed Broken Yellow Lines (no stopping at all times) in front of 10-12 Neville Street in Warkworth.
This proposal responded to requests from residents at 10-12 Neville Street to address the issue of parked cars blocking visibility when exiting the driveway. The proposed parking restriction involves removing one parking space. By adding broken yellow lines, drivers will be able to safely exit the driveway.
The proposal received mixed feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
Thank you everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Concern the proposal will impact local businesses as parking demand is perceived as high in the area. Site observations show that available parking meets demand on Neville Street. We recognize the importance of on-street parking as a resource and only install broken yellow lines where there are significant accessibility or safety issues. These changes are necessary to keep the road users safe and more easily accessible to vulnerable road users.
- Respondents asked if Auckland Transport would add another parking space somewhere else. At this time we will not be adding another parking space in the area. We acknowledge that on-street parking is a valuable and shared community resource. We believe there will be minimal impact on the removal of one parking space on Neville Street.
- Concern this could set a precedent for all other driveways in Warkworth. We acknowledge that on-street parking is a valuable and shared community resource. Therefore its removal is only carried out where a significant safety or accessibility issue has been identified.
- Concern this proposal does not address the real problem and Auckland Transport should look at the wider issue of increased traffic leading people to shop elsewhere because there is not enough spaces to park. Instead Auckland Transport should allow for more parking and not to remove them. We acknowledge that on-street parking is a valuable and shared community resource and will carry out further investigations to the concern if needed.
- Respondents suggested to install traffic lights that are on-demand or to install a small barrier/island at the edge of the park to avoid parking too close to the driveway or over road markings. Thank you for providing these suggestions. However, the scope of this project is unable to accommodate these requests. This proposal aims to instead utilise broken yellow lines to address the safety issue.
- Respondent suggested to reduce the length of the next parking space to the north of the proposed yellow lines, to encourage the parking of smaller length vehicles thus increasing visibility for vehicles exiting the driveway. The parking space north of the proposed yellow lines are already as small as can be and they are not affecting the visibility.
- Numerous suggestions to install a "No right turn" sign for the driveway as residents could use the round-about at the bottom of Neville Street to come back up the hill. We generally install ‘No right turn’ signs for ‘T’ junctions or intersections. We do not install these signs for driveways.
- Respondents explained that traffic is naturally slowed down by the raised pedestrian crossing close to where this driveway is located and therefore no Broken Yellow Lines are required. Slow vehicles are still causing trouble for the elderly residents of The Oaks while exiting the driveway. Hence the installation of broken yellow lines would improve safety.
- Respondents explained the problem is made worse when large vehicles, trucks and utes are parked in this space, especially when vehicles have darkened windows. We appreciate that you understand the situation in regard to safety of the vulnerable road users and support the proposal. To avoid such mentioned situations, we intend to remove the parking space.
- Respondent is concerned the situation presented at 10-12 Neville Street is not dissimilar to other parts of Warkworth including the exit at the Town Hall between 19 and 21 Neville Street. Parking removal is only carried out where a significant safety or accessibility issue has been identified. In this current situation, concerns were raised by the residents in regard to safety. As for 19 and 21 Neville Street, this parking space is the standard 6 metres and is sufficient for normal sized vehicles. We have received no visibility or safety issues in relation to this location and therefore will not investigate at this time.
- Respondent explained that the 'vacant land owned by the Oaks on Neville is used by locals (with the generous permission of the owners) but said this is temporary. If and when the extension to the Oaks goes ahead, a new allocation of roadside carparks can be made adjacent at that end. In which case the area marked in yellow could be forgiven. The proposal of broken yellow lines refers to a current visibility and safety issue of vulnerable road users.
- Respondents asked why this was not planned for when the building was given consent and should have been dealt with then. We cannot comment on the issue of building consent as this approval lies within the Auckland Council.
These works are planned between June and August 2020, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.
Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.