1                                         7 September 2021

HUTT CITY COUNCIL

 

Komiti Iti Ara Waka |           Traffic Subcommittee

 

Minutes of a meeting held via Zoom

on

 Tuesday 7 September 2021 commencing at 2.00pm

 

 

 

PRESENT:

(via audio-visual link)

Cr B Dyer (Chair)

Cr J Briggs (Deputy Chair)

 

Cr K Brown

Cr A Mitchell

 

Cr N Shaw

 

 

Deputy Mayor Lewis (Alternate)

 

 

APOLOGIES:                  There were no apologies.

 

IN ATTENDANCE:

(via audio-visual link)      Mr C Agate, Traffic Engineer – Network Operations

                                           Mr J Kingsbury, Head of Transport

                                           Mr M Ackroyd, Service Desk Analyst

                                           Ms A Doornebosch, Democracy Advisor

                                           Ms H Clegg, Minute Taker

                                  

 

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

1.       APOLOGIES

          There were no apologies.

2.       PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.     

3.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS     

          There were no conflicts of interest.  

4.       Recommendations to Council - Te Kaunihera o Te Awa Kairangi
5 October 2021

a)

Traffic Resolutions - Proposed Changes to Route 160 (Homedale to Hutt Central) Bus Stop Configuration (21/1330)

 

The Traffic Engineer – Network Operations elaborated on the report.  

In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations explained that several proposed changes to bus stops were being worked through after analysis of the comments received.

In response to questions from members, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations confirmed the proposed bus stop at Fitzherbert Road, Wainuiomata was under review by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) concerning whether it was required, due to the number of other bus stops in the vicinity. 

In response to a question from a member regarding Waiwhetu Road, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations noted concerns regarding the proposed loss of two carparks frequently used by the elderly and disabled visitors to the church. He agreed to discuss with GWRC, the possibility of the moving the proposed bus stop further along the street, and to consider the installation of a disabled carpark.

In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations confirmed the Wainuiomata Community Board was supportive of the proposed changes and had raised further items for discussion which officers would discuss with GWRC. He confirmed a follow up report to the Wainuiomata Community Board would be presented in due course.

In response to questions from members, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations confirmed there were ongoing conversations with the GWRC concerning bus shelters and that feedback to the submitters was undertaken in conjunction with GWRC. 

Cr Briggs noted that whilst Council did have a role in the location of bus stops, it was the primary responsibility of GWRC. He acknowledged there might be some loss of on-street car parking as a consequence of this.  He added that GWRC had a responsibility to increase the number of bus shelters on all routes as creating more amenity would encourage more people to use public transport. 

Cr Brown expressed concern that issues regarding the lack of bus shelters in Wainuiomata had been raised with GWRC for a number of years, with no action having occurred to date.  She believed it was time for the matter to be acted on.



Cr Dyer commented that whilst public transport was a regional Council issue, Council could provide for an increase in accessibility to, and safety on buses.

Cr Briggs foreshadowed an additional motion regarding officers engaging with GRWC on additional bus shelters on route 160.

 

Recommended: (Cr Dyer/Cr Mitchell)                    Minute No. TSC 21401

“That the Subcommittee recommends that Council:

 

(1)   notes and receives the information;

(2)   approves the proposed changes attached as Appendix A to the report;

(3)   rescinds any previous resolutions pertaining to traffic controls made pursuant to any bylaw to the extent that they are in conflict with the traffic controls described in this resolution;

(4)   notes that these resolutions will take effect once the appropriate signage and/or road-markings have been installed; and

(5)   requests officers to formally engage with Greater Wellington Regional Council around increasing the number of bus shelters on route 160.”

For the reasons that the proposed bus stop layout changes will ensure that the bus box is of sufficient length to accommodate buses; no stopping restrictions will prevent other vehicles from blocking full access to the bus stop; and passengers will be able to board and alight safely and easily.

 

b)

Traffic Resolution - Cuba Street, Petone - P15 & P120 Parking Restrictions (21/1328)

 

The Traffic Engineer Network Operations elaborated on the report.

Deputy Mayor Lewis commented that with WelTec being located across the road in Cuba Street, parking in this area was at a premium. She added the proposal offered a safe solution for parents and their young children accessing the playground.

 

ReCOMMENDED: (Cr Dyer/Cr Shaw)                        Minute No. TSC 21402

“That the Subcommittee recommends that Council:

(1)   notes and receives the information;

(2)   approves the installation of a P15, (8am – 6pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)), time limited parking restriction as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report;

(3)   approves the installation of a P120, (8am – 6pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)), time limited parking restriction as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report;

(4)   rescinds any previous resolutions pertaining to traffic controls made pursuant to any bylaw to the extent that they are in conflict with the traffic controls described in this resolution; and

(5)   notes that this resolution will take effect when the traffic control devices that evidence the restrictions described in this resolution are in place.”

For the reason that the proposed restriction will improve serviceability for the surrounding area, and is supported by Council’s current Parking Policy.

 

c)

Traffic Resolution - Taine Street (Slip Lane),Taita - No Parking (Except Emergency Vehicles) (21/1341)

 

The Traffic Engineer – Network Operations elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations advised some community facilities currently had emergency vehicle access and /or parking. He stated officers would welcome feedback from members for emergency parking spaces at other community facilities.

 

Recommended:  (Cr Dyer/Cr Briggs)                      Minute No. TSC 21403

“That the Subcommittee recommends that Council:

 

(1)   receives and notes the information;

(2)   approves the No Parking – Except Emergency Vehicles – At All Times restriction within the Taine Street (Slip Lane), Taita, attached as appendix 1 to the report;

(3)   rescinds any previous resolutions pertaining to traffic controls made pursuant to any bylaw to the extent that they are in conflict with the traffic controls described in this resolution; and

(4)   notes that these resolutions will take effect once the appropriate signage and/or road-markings have been installed.”

 

d)

Traffic Resolution - Raroa Road, Hutt Central - No Stopping (At All Times). (21/1320)

 

The Traffic Engineer – Network Operations elaborated on the report.

 

ReCOMMENDED: (Cr Dyer/Cr Shaw)                          Minute No. TSC 21404

“That the Subcommittee recommends that Council:

 

(1)   notes and receives the report;

(2)   approves the installation of a No Stopping – At All Times restriction on a five metre section of Raroa Road, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report;

(3)   rescinds any previous resolutions pertaining to traffic controls made pursuant to any bylaw to the extent that they are in conflict with the traffic controls described in this resolution (one metered parking space); and

(4)   notes that these resolutions will take effect once the appropriate signage and/or road-markings have been installed.”

 

e)

Traffic Resolution - High Street, Hutt Central - No Stopping (At All Times). (21/1325)

 

The Traffic Engineer – Network Operations elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations confirmed it was unusual that a car parking space had been marked in front of an existing garage. He said that it had occurred in accordance with the law and with the consent of the previous owners and tenants of the site.

 

ReCOMMENDED: (Cr Dyer/Cr Shaw)                          Minute No. TSC 21405

“That the Subcommittee recommends that Council:

 

(1)   receives and notes the information;

(2)   approves the No Stopping – At All Times restriction on High Street, Central Hutt attached as Appendix 1 to the report;

(3)   rescinds any previous resolutions pertaining to traffic controls made pursuant to any bylaw to the extent that they are in conflict with the traffic controls described in this resolution; and

(4)   notes that these resolutions will take effect once the appropriate signage and/or road-markings have been installed.”

For the reason that the proposed restrictions will improve the operational efficiency of our local emergency service, and are supported by current Hutt City Council Policies.

 


 

5.       Information Item

 

Traffic Subcommittee Work Programme (21/1231)

Report No. TSC2021/4/114 by the Democracy Advisor

 

The Traffic Engineer – Network Operations elaborated on the work programme.

In response to questions from members, the Traffic Engineer – Network Operations advised consultation on Bus Route 150 was almost complete and that further conversations with GWRC were occurring.  He added the conversation would now include bus shelters. He further advised that the northern Oxford Terrace parking issue would be considered in a report to the next Traffic Subcommittee meeting.

 

Resolved: (Cr Dyer/Cr Mitchell)                                       Minute No. TSC 21406

“That the work programme be received and noted.”

6.       QUESTIONS   

          There were no questions.

 

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 2.44pm.

 

 

 

 

B Dyer

CHAIR

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 5th day of October 2021