Rosebank Advocates April 2018, by Dr Grant Hewison

SUBMISSION TO THE WHAU LOCAL BOARD PRIORITIES 2018/19

The Whau Local Board is seeking feedback on its Priorities for 2018/19.
The RBA made a submission on behalf of Rosebank businesses.

Key Priorities
While the RBA is generally supportive of the Whau Local Board Key Priorities, our submission said we would have liked the Local Board to have placed more priority on resolving transport issues in the Rosebank area and local economic development.
In particular, the RBA asked that Priorities of the Whau Local Board Plan include:
• Resolving the transport issues in the Rosebank area
• Support for a western business grow group
• Supporting local skills alignment between workplaces and educators
• Supporting youth gateway connections and apprenticeship programmes
• Advocating for more promotion of local employment

(1) Traffic congestion and transport
We refered to our transport meeting with the local board and Auckland Transport in 2017 and asked for a follow-up meeting.

The Patiki Road On-ramp
First up, we said we wished to raise our concerns again about the Patiki road onramp and the merging of traffic into the motorway. The Rosebank area was being monitored and Auckland Transport does share the concerns of the RBA that there has been an increase of demand during peak traffic periods at Patiki.
Auckland Transport is looking at options, but is also assessing traffic patterns post Waterview as they ‘settle down’. We said we would like to discuss the results of this monitoring urgently.
A current option for Patiki Road is to trial dynamic lanes using overhead and in ground signals so that different lanes are used at peak and non-peak times. This is currently being trailed in Whangaparoa.

Rosebank Road traffic – post Waterview
Next up were concerns we hold about the increase in traffic we believe is going to the Airport using Rosebank Rd to get into Waterview southern tunnel.
A particular concern of the RBA is that heavy vehicles are struggling at times to get out into the Rosebank road corridor across traffic. We need to find a solution to allow heavy traffic to get into the traffic flow. Are there ways to give priority to freight rather than smaller private vehicles?
Auckland Transport also said that investigations were underway concerning the Rosebank roundabout. While there were constraints (especially with the width of the road), Auckland Transport is looking at how to support a more free flowing southern turn through remarking and reshaping within current lane corridors going through the roundabout.
With regard to issues about access from side streets, while more roundabouts was not a preferred option for these intersections, Auckland Transport said it was nonetheless looking at the performance of the main Rosebank arterial corridor.
On the issue of prioritising freight, Auckland Transport also noted that while no engineering solutions were in the pipeline, perhaps there was an opportunity to educate private car drivers regularly using the route by way of ‘educational signage’ on Rosebank Road.

(2) Other Local Issues
The RBA also supported town centre developments in Avondale and New Lynn; a replacement, expanded Avondale community facility; programmes to reduce water pollution and to plant more trees; and encouraging more local businesses and jobs as well as looking at what we can do locally to support the Government’s initiatives to address climate change

(3) Regional Submissions
Together with other business associations, the Rosebank Business Association also made a regional submission, which said:
• while we accept the introduction of a regional fuel tax as an interim step, we must solely fund transport projects and services, and for it to be replaced as soon as possible with congestion charging or road pricing
• we support the average general rates rises, but the Council must also focus on efficiencies and savings
• we support the UAGC increasing in line with the general rates
• we do not accept any differential should be applied between business and residential rates, especially for
• the water quality targeted rate and natural environment targeted rate
• we do not accept the rating of the accommodation sector to fund ATEED, but if this rate remains, then it should also be applied to the online accommodation sector
• with regard to the refresh of the Auckland Plan, this should continue to reflect the importance of business areas and business improvement districts (BIDs).