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Lights out in Hataitai

Hataitai residents attending the Mayor in the Chair meeting at the Hataitai Bowlng Club on Tuesday evening were told that a council proposal to install traffic lights at the Hataitai village crossroads is now unlikely to proceed.

Mayor Justin Lester told the meeting, also attended by councillors Chris Calvi-Freeman, Diane Calvert and Simon Marsh, that response to the council’s call for feedback had received so many submissions against traffic lights that staff have been asked to look at a wider range of options.

The proposed installation of traffic lights and signals at the busy intersection (above), which includes Moxham Avenue, Hataitai Road and Waitoa Road and brings heavy traffic into the suburb, was suggested as a way of improving safety for pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists and drivers.

Hataitai residents have regularly raised safety concerns about the intersection following several crashes involving drivers and pedestrians over the last decade.

The online questionnaire soliciting feedback about the proposed changes closed on 25 September, with a summary of the feedback promised for the WCC website in “mid-October”. This has now been changed to “late October”.

No recommendations have been made yet by council officers and no decisions will be made for several months yet.

Conversations on social media forums have discussed the options of a roundabout capable of handling bus traffic ,or the installation of Stop signs in place of the current Give Way signs. As always seems to be the case, concerns were expressed about the removal of carparks from the area to allow changes to be made to the roading layout.

Haitaitai residents of visitors keen to further ponder a solution should perhaps take advantage of Friday’s late evening sun, and discuss options with friends and neighbours over a bevvie at the Waitoa Social Club, just up from the crossroads, with acoustic soul duo Lisa Tomlins and Jacqui Nyman providing a live soundtrack of pop, country, jazz, and soul from 5.30 to 7.30pm.