John Wilson Ocean Drive, permanent reminder to all of DCC incompetence

There are larger and more prominent reminders ‘lying’ around the city but this stretch of road shows how something so very simple escapes councillor intelligence and pointed resolution.

John Wilson Ocean Drive was closed from August 2006, to allow construction of the Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall.

### ODT Online Mon, 10 Sep 2012
Countdown to John Wilson Drive decision
By Debbie Porteous
Dunedin city councillors will next month decide the final fate of John Wilson Ocean Dr – again. If the decision to reopen the road to traffic at certain times of the day – as decided last year after extensive public debate and consultation – goes ahead, it is hoped road will be resealed by the end of the year and reopened to vehicles in early 2013.
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3.1.11 Better consultation…
26.8.10 John Wilson DRIVE
5.8.10 John Wilson Ocean Drive – QUICK submissions due 6 August to DCC

Old news…

### ODT Online Tue, 15 Dec 2009
Mayor says it with flowers
By Chris Morris
Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin congratulated assembled councillors and staff for their work on the year’s major projects and issues, including the controversial Forsyth Barr Stadium, town hall redevelopment and debate over John Wilson Ocean Dr.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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12 responses to “John Wilson Ocean Drive, permanent reminder to all of DCC incompetence

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 27 Nov 2012
    Ocean Dr speed limit debate
    By Debbie Porteous
    The speed limit on Dunedin’s John Wilson Ocean Dr will be debated at the next meeting of the full Dunedin City Council. Councillors will consider a report on the various cost and design options for three speed limits – 50kmh, 30kmh or 20kmh.
    Members of the community development committee yesterday noted a report on the options, as requested by the full council at its last meeting, which will be considered by the full council at its next meeting, on December 10.
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    Report – CDC – 26/11/2012 (PDF, 289.9 KB)
    John Wilson Ocean Drive – Additional Information

    • Elizabeth

      ### ch9.co.nz December 10, 2012 – 6:48pm
      Council votes on John Wilson Ocean Drive matter
      The debate over John Wilson Ocean Drive has been raging for years, but less than three hours ago it ended. The drive will be re-opened to traffic for a period each day, after the council ratified an earlier decision in a knife-edge vote. But as usual, the issue sparked the usual passionate arguments.
      Video

      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Online Tue, 11 Dec 2012
        Drive to reopen; debate over speed
        By Debbie Porteous
        After years of going around in circles, the Dunedin City Council yesterday decided to reopen John Wilson Ocean Dr to vehicles. The road will be opened to vehicles between 11am and 3pm weekdays from early next year. It will be resealed and have road marking added before being reopened. The speed limit will be 50kmh.
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        • Elizabeth

          ### DScene 12 Dec 2012
          Open road a loaded gun (page 3)
          By Wilma McCorkindale
          The John Wilson Dr saga continues, with Councillor Bill Acklin slamming Mayor Cull’s successful motion to reject a 20kmh speed restriction and traffic calming on the seaside road… “To open up that road with no barrier between the road and the footpath walking area, and to have it at 50kmh, no traffic calming measures, that is just like putting a bullet in the long range rifle. It is a long wide road. Vehicles will go fast.” Acklin believed the move was an accident waiting to happen. #bookmark

          Report – Council – 10/12/2012 (PDF, 788.2 KB)
          John Wilson Ocean Drive/Speed Limits Bylaw Report from Council meeting of 29 October 2012 to be uplifted from the table.

        • Elizabeth

          The most hopeless open times on earth.

          ### ODT Online Fri, 11 Jan 2013
          Drive to reopen for vehicles
          By Debbie Porteous
          John Wilson Ocean Dr should be reopened to vehicles within the next month. The long-running seesawing saga of whether to reopen the road to vehicles will finally reach some resolution as Dunedin City Council contractors prepare to lay a chip seal on the closed stretch of road, then paint on the road markings. City councillors decided at their final council meeting last year to spend $80,000 to reseal the road so it can be reopened to vehicles between 11am and 3pm on weekdays. A seaward-side section of the road will be reserved for cyclists and pedestrians. The speed limit will be 50kmh in the interim, with a review a few months after opening.
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    • The opening is an extravagant and ridiculous “closure” to most right thinking people.

      ### ODT Online Mon, 11 Feb 2013
      Plan to open drive on Wednesday
      By Debbie Porteous
      The long-awaited reopening to vehicles of Dunedin’s John Wilson Ocean Dr is expected to happen on Wednesday. Dunedin city council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said there were a few minor details to work out, but it was expected that signs explaining the rules and times of opening would go up on Wednesday morning, before the bollards were lifted out for the first time at 11am.
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  2. Peter

    The ‘accident’ waiting to happen, Bill, is another suicide from Lawyers’ Head. Then the road will be closed again.Like last time. As it should.

  3. Calvin Oaten

    Bill Acklin is probably only irked because he can’t drive along it at any speed. He could of course hire a taxi.

  4. Peter

    It’s a bit rich of him to complain about the screeds of consultation done on JWD, and no one was listened to, when he didn’t seem that fussed about listening to all the consultation feedback against the stadium.Talk about picking your issues, that you think should be listened to, above all others.Either that or he must have a short memory span.

  5. Hype O'Thermia

    He was described as a fellow who doesn’t often have an idea, but when he does he holds onto it with the tenacity of a pit-bull. I don’t blame him. Who knows? It may be a long, long time before one of complexity suited to his intellect comes along again.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    Do intending suiciders drive to the end of JWD? Any? Most? All?

    Funny I heard about “missing” people’s possessions occasionally being found at Lawyers Head but never a car belonging to the person who is later found to have committed suicide, parked at the end of the road. Not that I remember, anyway. Peter may have evidence to correct my memory, yes?

  7. Hype O'Thermia

    Is the TAB taking bets on who gets “strutting rights” complete with photo in the paper?
    Coming up to an election the voters who pick people on the basis of “I’ve heard of him/her” mustn’t be ignored.

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