|The Media and blossoming signage around our suburbs highlights the coming council elections. However it’s still council business as usual and I’m easy to contact if you need a word.
- The designs for Wellington's Film Museum went public on Saturday. One design was pretty ho hum the other quite stunning but certainly adds to the construction cost. Much of the feedback I’ve received says “make the building special” but what do you think? http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/83124112/new-150m-design-
- Watch for signs of building at The Kairangi Bridge Club in Hobart St. Consent for earthquake strengthening has been granted and fundraising of $400k has already started. In 1931 the building was a service station then the Rio Grande dance hall. Any business keen to become a sponsor?
- Eastern Suburbs Cycling has received more funding to work on the Cobham /Evans Bay/City route. This will initially be both a tourist and commuter route, however when the second Mt Vic tunnel is built it will also include an excellent commuter cycling route. I’m concerned about bikes sharing paths with pedestrians. How do we separate them?
- The Cobham Drive crossing has not been forgotten and will be dealt with separately, discussions are underway with NZTA regarding options and funding.
- Many are lamenting the going of the trolley bus and its clean energy use. The buses look good but the motors are old. NZ Bus is testing the Wrightspeed technology battery driven electric motors so eventually the fleet will be completely electric as battery technology improves. Someone will need to service these new units, perhaps an opportunity for your business?
- On buses, the regional council has identified where they would like bus stops for the new hub type timetable. A number have been made public for feedback, others such as Miramar Ave outside the pharmacy and Sallies shop are still being discussed. Is a bus stop next to a pedestrian crossing a concern?
- Lyall Bay and the planning for the repair of seawalls, dune planting and fencing is underway this will be presented to the residents association when ready, council will be asking “What do you consider as the best options for the surfers corner carpark?”
- Council has invested heavily in the idea of a sports hub based around the Poneke clubrooms at Kilbirnie Park. Congratulations to the Poneke Rugby Club for working hard to bring clubs together to share premises. Seven local clubs have signed an agreement so far, this concept will breathe new life into many clubs that are struggling to maintain their tired facilities.
- A park and ride operation has been suggested for commuters working in the eastern suburbs or for airport travelers. The concept would use the area around Burnham Wharf. If that were the case it could fit in well with the idea of an airport harbor ferry.
- The new Raukawa St Reserve satellite community centre is progressing well. Some planting and fencing has gone in and the building should be installed onsite in 2-3 months after interior remodeling.
- Finally would you show off one of my car window stickers? If you live in the Eastern Suburbs and get around in your car and would show off a sticker I would love to hear from you.
Keep in touch
Simon "Swampy" Marsh
Eastern Ward City Councillor 021-922-196