Traffic Options - Tainui Shared Street

​PUBLIC CONSULTATION

​Traffic Options Through Tainui Shared Street, Greymouth CBD

Issued 15 December 2017
Submissions close 5pm on Monday 22 January 2018

SUBMISSIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED AND THE MATTER WILL BE CONSIDERED BY COUNCIL AT THEIR MEETING ON 12 FEBRUARY 2018. THE AGENDA WILL BE UPLOADED TO OUR WEBSITE PRIOR TO THE MEETING AND WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE.

Statement of Proposal

What is the basis of this proposal?

The Town Square and Tainui Shared Street were recently officially opened to the public as part of The Hits Christmas Carnival and many activities were held in the new spaces and the CBD over that weekend. Health and safety concerns noted over that time have again raised the question of whether Tainui Shared Street (part Tainui Street between Mackay Street and Mawhera Quay) should be permanently open or closed to vehicular traffic. In the interim Council have closed the street to vehicles so that concerns over health and safety in the shared space can be addressed.

What is being proposed?

The Shared Street has been designed as a space to be used by both pedestrians and vehicles. Various formal and informal consultations have taken place previously on this matter, as well as discussions with affected and adjoining business owners. These instances include feedback sought during the development of concept plans for the CBD Renewal Project and a proposal to install traffic lights or a roundabout at the Tainui Street/Mackay Street intersection (this formed part of the 2017/2018 Draft Annual Plan consultation and did not proceed).

However, at the December meeting, Council members noted strong feedback in social media against traffic using the street and have also had these views expressed to them in person. They have decided to undertake this consultation to determine community preference.

There are effectively two options, namely:

Option 1 - To stop Tainui Shared Street as a street, thereby making it part of the Town Square with only delivery vehicles having right of entry.

OR

Option 2 - To allow all vehicles to use Tainui Shared Street as a street with a 10 km/h speed limit and to embark on a public information campaign making the community aware that:

  • It is an area designed to be shared by pedestrians and vehicles alike and that it requires responsible conduct from all concerned to make it safe.
  • The stormwater grilles as provided in the street represent the outer boundaries of the roadway.
  • True to the nature of such a facility, there are no median lines denoting the two lanes of the road and that motorists take care to keep to their side of the roadway.

It is likely that the Shared Street will re-open during the consultation period, following a public awareness campaign emphasising the need for caution.

What are the options?

OPTION 1: To stop the Shared Street as a street, thereby making it part of the Town Square with only delivery vehicles having right of entry.

​Benefits (now and into the future)​Negatives (now and into the future)
  • It removes residual health and safety concerns involved with the shared use of the area.
  • It opens the area up as a public use area.
  • It proves that Council remains receptive to public opinion and is prepared to change course as a result.
  • ​Council had built the Shared Street to carry traffic. A much lighter and cheaper foundation would have sufficed if it was designed for pedestrians only.
  • The businesses in the Street are denied the opportunity of having drive-past access or vehicular delivery access. If nothing else, it represents potentially significant inconvenience to them.
  • This is a deviation from Council's initial intention of a Shared Street.
  • This option addresses the principle only. To actually stop the street legally will require a separate consultation process in compliance with the Local Government Act over a period of 42 days. This (second) consultation can only commence should Council, in February 2018, decide to close the Shared Street.

OPTION 2: To allow all vehicles to use Tainui Shared Street as a street with a 10 km/h speed limit and undertake public education regarding safe use.

This option will involve Council embarking on a public information campaign making the community aware that:

  • It is an area designed to be shared by pedestrians and vehicles alike and that it requires responsible conduct from all concerned to make it safe.
  • The stormwater grilles as provided in the street represent the outer boundaries of the roadway.
  • True to the nature of such a facility, there are no median lines denoting the two lanes of the road and that motorists take care to keep to their side of the roadway.

As stated, the Shared Street has been designed and built as a street, however, in line with its nature, the customary road marking and signage that is normally evident in streets are not involved, which requires all concerned to used it as a shared space with due care and caution.

​Benefits (now and into the future)​Negatives (now and into the future)
  • It validates the cost incurred in constructing the Shared Street to carry traffic. As stated, had it been designed as a pedestrian area only, the investment would have been much less.
  • It provides the commercial businesses served by the road customer access and visibility and also access for service vehicles.
  • It confirms Council’s initial intentions.
  • It retains a residual safety risk in that it is a shared space used by pedestrians and vehicles alike, exacerbated by the absence of the customary road markings and signage normally used for definition purposes.
  • It will result in the Shared Street not looking tidy as grit and mud will be driven onto what is currently a pristine surface.
  • Other negatives associated with vehicular traffic, i.e.   oil spills, especially at parking area etc may become an issue.

How to have your say

Council very much looks forward to hearing your views. Please note that it is likely that the Shared Street will re-open during the consultation period, following a public awareness campaign emphasising the need for caution. This will give respondents the opportunity to observe it both open and closed before they make up their minds.

It is likely this issue will prove topical in our community and there is probably going to be a large volume of submissions received on this matter. Therefore, it is preferable submissions are made using our easy online submission form below.

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date (this is likely to the meeting in February 2018).

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 22 January 2018.

Documents

 Statement of Proposal (PDF, 69KB)

Page reviewed: 25 Jan 2018 11:46am