What a load of rubbish.
Brown resorts to lies in her attack. She writes:
'I might also add that in your role as transport spokesperson on the board you failed to advocate for Matiatia at all'
Had Ms Brown attended the Board meetings at the time she would have known that I spent many hours working with Council officers to set up a high level working group with Auckland Transport, Auckland Council Properties and Watercare (the different stakeholders responsible for the Council owned land at Matiatia) to resolve the traffic and parking issues.
What happened to this legacy initiative? Was it canned by the second WLB, just as they canned the proposed upgrade to the Matiatia ferry terminal that was due to start by late 2013? It would appear so, because suddenly it all disappeared off the map. Another opportunity missed by this Board.
Shirin then perpetuates the myth that I was ‘suggesting that there was no problem in adding a marina to the issues of congestion’.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let’s put the marina myths to bed once and for all. When dealing with urban myths it is essential to stick to provable facts. Here they are as per the Waiheke Local Board minutes:
Fact 1. The proposed marina in Matiatia Bay was a private application under the Resource Management Act.
Fact 2. As per the Governing Body decision of 28 July 2011, there is no provision for Local Boards to make a formal submission on notified resource consent applications and there is no power to appeal decisions on resource consent applications
Fact 3. The Local Board is, however, given the opportunity to provide views on matters of interest to their community, which can be included verbatim as part of the officer’s planning report, as per the resolutions of the Governing Body dated 28 July 2011, resolution 12 f) iv)
Fact 4. The first Waiheke Local Board availed itself of the only opportunity available to it to provide input to the Auckland Council Officer’s Planning Report that formed part of the marina hearings in the Environment Court. This can be found through this link, pages 12 to 16.
Fact 5. The Waiheke Local Board held a workshop on 1 July 2013, with the support of an independent consultant planner, to consider the Matiatia Marina application, and to formulate the views of the Board regarding matters of interest to the community.
Fact 6. A further workshop was held on 11 July 2013 to finalise a response. Here is an extract from the first Waiheke Local Board’s input:
1. Traffic and parking
The Board is concerned that the application is based on a traffic assessment carried out in 2009/10. The traffic information supporting the application does not reflect the current traffic environment, nor does it reflect the current operations or anticipated growth in ferry services, current parking operations, traffic circulation patterns and investigations currently underway to address parking issues.
The report does not take into account future demand at Matiatia and the potential for larger numbers of smaller ferries berthing at more regular intervals. The traffic assessment assumes that there will be overflow parking available for the proposed marina. The Local Board notes that there is currently no overflow parking available either during the week or on weekends and the Marina will need to cater for its own anticipated parking needs.
The Marina will not be able to rely on other Council parking as this is at capacity and Auckland Transport is currently looking at parking changes at Matiatia. The Local Board is concerned at the partial loss of the current turning bay at the termination of Ocean View Road. This turning bay provides parking for taxis and tour buses and will have the effect of displacing vehicles that currently utilise this space.
The Local Board does not support any removal of parking from Ocean View Road until there is alternative replacement parking provided at Owhanake.
2. Access to the marina.
The Local Board notes that there will need to be adequate management systems in place to ensure that berth holders are aware of the potential delay getting access to and from the marina, particularly in summer. With the growth in commuter and tourist numbers and the increasing level of ferry services provided, access to the marina will be significantly reduced and would require careful management on the part of Auckland Transport, which has implications for access to the marina.
- Construction Traffic
- Public Access
All this information is a matter of public record. Yet, none of this was reported in the local media. As I have said before - the power of the media lies in its sins of omission.
Shirin knows the first Waiheke Local Board delivered on transport issues. When she wanted a safer crossing for her children at the Surfdale shops she had a captive audience of me as the Transport spokesperson, other Board members, school personnel and Auckland Transport (AT) officers. We met on site, talked through the issue on site and arrived at a solution. Because AT couldn’t fund the total cost of the project, the Board chipped in some of its AT Capital Fund and made it happen. Brown got her safer Surfdale crossing for her children.
As I said in my recent Blog, it is by working co-operatively with Council agencies that solutions can be found to the parking crisis at Matiatia. Is it any wonder Shirin and other members of this Board have been unable to work constructively with Auckland Council when one of their first acts was to hold up the much needed road improvements on Wharf Road by staging a sit-in protest on the road? Such childish behaviour was hardly likely to win friends and influence people on Auckland Transport.
Here’s how to make a new start Shirin. Give me a call. My number is 0212865544. I am more than happy to meet you over a congenial cup of coffee to discuss how we can work together to progress a better future for the community.
I’ll even buy you the coffee. Come on Shirin what do you say?