Portobello Road Consultation —Public Meeting | Monday 13 May

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Here is the latest web update for the Portobello Community.

This week we look at the road widening project and the proposed changes that the City Council has made to the initial plan. The City Council will be giving the community another opportunity to have your say on the proposal and the changes they have made to the plan since the consultation period in March 2013. This is an important issue for our township and community and the meeting is to be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, 13 May 2013 at the Coronation Hall. Pass this message onto your friends, neighbours, colleagues and whanau.

Paul Pope – Chairman, Portobello Incorporated

● The meeting will be attended by council staff, Cr Jinty MacTavish, and Otago Peninsula Community Board members.

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28.3.13 | Updated 29.3.13
DCC Draft Annual Plan 2013/14: Portobello Harington Point Road Improvements Project

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9 responses to “Portobello Road Consultation —Public Meeting | Monday 13 May

  1. Now tell us the real story!

    ### ch9.co.nz May 14, 2013 – 6:57pm
    Public concerns put to rest
    A meeting on the widening of Portobello and Harington Point Roads last night put to rest some public concerns on the issue. Landmarks such as Pineapple Rock and the ancient wall will be preserved. And now the project is on course towards completion – but with a brief delay scheduled in 2014.

    • ### DScene 15.5.13
      Town identity threatened (page 4)
      By Wilma McCorkindale
      Most of [a] historic sea wall along Portobello Rd is to be entombed, Peninsula residents learned at a meeting in Portobello on Monday night. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and council staff met with around 100 residents about proposed road widening of Portobello Rd to Harrington Pt near Otakou and heard concern about retention of the historic sea wall which dates back to the 1800s.
      In a revised plan designed to alleviate opposition to the multimillion dollar works that introduce a cycle and walkway to the area, objectors were told three 100m sections of the historic harbourside edifice would be retained in keeping with New Zealand Historic Places Trust advice. The rest would be buried.

      Locals largely hated the idea, a consensus at the meeting showed.

      Portobello residents asked the DCC to rewrite the road widening plan last month, believing associated reclamation undermined the township’s identity. Residents said if the proposal went ahead the village would lose its only swimming beach and a number of scenic historic local landscape features.
      Portobello Community Incorporated chairman Paul Pope said in a submission to the plan the proposal was ‘‘overdesigned extravagance”. […] The DCC plan would raze the township’s historic cannon site, its unique rock sea wall, and an historic shoreline feature, Raynbird’s Point Cutting, and would threaten the character of Portobello village which has remained intact since the 1840s, Pope said.
      {continues} #bookmark

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    Paul Pope came out with what could well be the motto for DCC: ‘‘overdesigned extravagance”. The minimalist seatless bus shelters are a glaring exception, otherwise even if the scheme is for a necessity, even if basic design is free from flourishes, fittings and finishes are bound to be OTT. What was that about the benches down at the Logan Park sports building made of timber so special the average Dunedin householder’s bum would never experience such grandeur?

  3. Whippet

    I always considered the road as it is to be a tourist attraction. Now it is to become an express way down to the albatross colony, to get the tourists down there faster and to hell with what is in between.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    Good point. What’s the hurry? At many times over the years I’ve said to people who live down the peninsula, isn’t it a frightful drive every day going to work, especially in the winter? And every time they say it’s not a biggie, they’re not bothered by the extra few minutes compared with living other places around Dunedin, and it’s worth the small amount of inconvenience for the pleasure of living there. Admittedly it wouldn’t suit everyone. Just as well too. Nor would living in an apartment in the middle of town but that suits Elizabeth (previous post here somewhere). Since people have different tastes why not leave the road alone, let visitors travel along the authentic local road just as they would if they visited other parts of the world. Unless a cycle lane is much better separated from other traffic than any of the others around town, making the road easy to drive at higher speeds will increase danger to cyclists and other road users, not make it safer.

    • Tourism Dunedin are likely somewhere in the (cycling lobby) mix for the road widening, but I keep thinking it’s about developers and subdivision (sprawl, coastal land values) – now why would I think that. Hmmm, DCC catch-cry “economic development”, and “keeping the building industry in work” seem more important, especially when you’re trying to increase the resident population for Dunedin, attracting all those entrepreneurial brainy add-value types, what want a harbour or ocean view. No. I’m imagining it. That only happens in Auckland and places. Like where Dave lives.

  5. Whippet

    The cycling lobby is full of failed surfies. They found that salt water and Lycra didn’t mix so became cyclists instead.

  6. Elizabeth

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016
    Contract let for Peninsula roads
    Major safety improvements for Otago Peninsula have moved a step closer with the appointment of the design contractor for a $20 million road-widening project. The Dunedin City Council announced yesterday GHD New Zealand had been awarded the design contract for the project, which involves widening the road and building a cycleway and pedestrian path along Portobello and Harington Point Roads from Vauxhall to Taiaroa Head.

    █ The project was a partnership between the council and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), which was funding 55% of the total cost.

  7. John P. Evans

    I am one of the fortunate few who live on the peninsula. The commute to town is always a spectacular drive whichever road one takes and the trip takes less time than driving from Pakuranga to Auckland, Tinakori Road to Wellington and Johns Road to Christchurch CBD would take if it had a CBD.

    These places are less than 10km from their respective cities. So there is no tyranny of distance.

    Unfortunately there is no wider road either after perhaps 50 million has been spent. All there is is a cycleway and some nasty concrete rocks that damage tyres.

    The interesting thing is that most cyclists use the top road Highcliff Road which has no cycleway. Thus Gurglars Law, that the number of cyclists is inversely proportional to the number of cycleways holds true on the peninsula and demonstrates yet again that bureaucrats should let well alone.

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