A makeshift bus stop being trialled in Albert Town to help schoolchildren get safely on and off the bus is “working but not the best solution,”according to Community Constable Deane Harbison.
A number of concerns have been raised about the safety of parallel parking along Alison Avenue while construction of the Riverside Residences is underway. Most recently, Albert Town Community Association (ACTA) chairwoman Heather Thorne contacted Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) about school buses having to double park in the middle of the road.
“Albert Town Community Association has been concerned for some time about the parking congestion creating a lack of visibility outside the apartment building site,” said Thorne. “Vehicles are often parked on both sides of the street causing major visibility issues.”
QLDC spokesperson Jack Barlow said a this was an “ongoing conversation between QLDC staff and Wānaka Community Board members: ultimately, the safety of the community is the top priority.”
“We will be taking a recommendation to the next Wānaka Community Board meeting to install a bus stop and no-stopping lines in this location. The aim will be to address school bus and parking issues raised in this area.”
In the meantime, Cons. Harbison last week spoke with Go Bus and the construction manager at Riverside Residences to arrange for an area to be coned off for the bus, saving space for the bus to safely collect and drop off children, commencing this week.
“Having the coned-off area is good as a temporary solution and at least protects the school bus students in the interim,” said Thorne. “Jim Boult responded quickly after receiving my email and is having the problem assessed by engineers, but a solution has also to be found for the problem of vehicles exiting the car park onto Allison Avenue, Ivy Lane and Hebbard Court, which have zero visibility because vehicles parked on the roadside totally obscure visibility.
“The problem is going to remain after the apartment construction is complete because each unit has only one parking space which means if residents own two vehicles they have no choice but to park on the street, as do their visitor’s vehicles.”
Responding to safety concerns raised in January, Barlow said that the parking on Alison Avenue was temporary while construction was in process.
“The existing commercial activities will be retaining their existing parking within the site. All parking requirements for the completed development will be contained within the site.”
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