Part of a Brighton road reserve where 2degrees wants to
install a cell tower needs to be used for parking to improve
road safety, residents say.
The community's concerns about safety on the corner were
aired at a public meeting with Dunedin City Council roading
staff last week.
At the meeting, council transportation operations programme
engineer Michael Harrison presented residents with concepts
by the council for improving pedestrian safety and on-street
parking provisions, including on the bend where the cell
tower is to go, and slowing traffic down on Scroggs Hill Rd
and Seaview Rd.
He was seeking feedback so the council could determine where
the work could fit in its roading improvement programme.
Saddle Hill community board chairman Keith McFadyen said 30
to 40 people attended the meeting.
The feedback was ''not radically different'' to the council's
concepts, but what to do about the bend in Scroggs Hill Rd
was ''probably slightly more controversial''.
The community had long had concerns about safety on the bend,
which had limited visibility, narrow berms, no footpath and
poor parking, and when the issue of a cell tower installation
came up there was concern it could impact on future safety
improvements on the bend, he said.
The board had raised the safety concerns with the council.
People at the meeting told Mr Harrison they wanted some of
the road reserve on the bend used for a better parking area,
Mr McFadyen said.
''We are saying that to maintain the width of the road and
address safety concern by having cars parked off-road, some
of the road reserve where 2degrees wants to install its tower
would need to be used.''
Residents also supported a pedestrian footpath on the seaward
side of the road.
After the meeting, Mr Harrison said the council's concepts
already involved using some of the road reserve and did not
conflict ''at this time'' with what the council understood to
be 2degrees' plans.
The feedback from the community at the meeting was
He would give the council's response to the feedback to the
community board at its meeting in late November.