July 08 Newsletter from Mt Cook Mobilised

August 6, 2008 at 8:12 am | Posted in Newsletters | Leave a comment
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Why Mobe?

Mt Cook Mobilised was formed in July 2007 to give the suburb a voice. It exists to resist any inappropriate development and represent the interests of all residents.

We formed in the face of the development of the BGI/YMCA site and Memorial Park. After the public meeting 1428 signatures were gathered on a petition (mostly by Jacky Haydn). The petition was presented to Council on 19 December to keep the development within character and in scale. We make submissions to WCC on issues such as its Suburban Centres review, Adelaide Road proposal, and seeking another level crossing on Wallace St’s summit. We supported the NZHPT proposal to register the prison-brick wall on Tasman St as a historic place. We work closely with Newtown Residents Assn (NRA). We meet once a month in various venues, keep a website and issue news by email.

For further information email us
mtcookmobilised@ gmail.com
Peter Cooke, Mt Cook Mobilise

Got an upcoming event in Mt Cook? Let us know.

Community Facilities Under the Bulldozers

There is an irony in WCC approving demolition of the YMCA hall and Boys & Girls Institute (BGI) pool in Tasman Street at the same time as surveying the city’s community facilities. The survey is a stocktake to enable the Council to develop a database for assessing ‘future direction’ of its provision of community facilities and potential new initiatives in the community.

Mt Cook is bounded by Buckle/Webb St (North), Adelaide Rd area (East), John St (South) and Brooklyn Hill Rd (West). Our suburb is surrounded by communities with facilities and meeting places (eg Newtown, Berhampore, Te Aro, Brooklyn). If you know of, or belong to, a group or organisation (social, religious, ethnic, educational, sports, recreational) or have meeting space available, please let us know, and we will create a Mt Cook Directory.

More irony. On 21 August 2007 a public meeting was held in the YMCA hall to consider local issues such as retaining such community facilities. Around 250 concerned people attended. Since then the venue has been flattened, but Mt Cook Mobilised was formed.

On its website WCC notes that one way of meeting the social, cultural, recreational and information needs of Wellington people is by providing space for services, and as focal points for community activities. Here people can meet, play and learn, form groups and share information and knowledge. They are venues for arts, cultural, educational, recreational and leisure activities, and gathering points in civil defence emergencies. Some facilities are provided, or leased, by Council, others belong to organisations such as schools, church/religious/ethnic groups, marae, and clubs – sometimes with Council funding.

We have lobbied WCC and the supermarket developers to provide community space in the redeveloped complex. We also asked for fewer car parks, no fuel station and pedestrian access diagonally across the site. Watch this space.

The Bidwill St Rat Run

More and more vehicles use Bidwill Street every day. Residents are aware that two-way, through traffic on this narrow route has increased markedly since Karo Drive opened. We suspect this is the new shortcut for Karori and Brooklyn traffic going south.

Mount Cook Mobilised has some suggestions to reduce risks for pedestrians and cars. Removal of one carpark at the bottom of Bidwill would make the entrance wider (and safer) for cars turning in from Taranaki/Wallace St, or exiting Bidwill. More notices warning drivers coming down from Brooklyn to give way to uphill traffic, a sign at the bottom reminding up-hill drivers they have right of way.

Bidwill is both narrow and steep. As well as vehicle issues, there are risks for pedestrians (residents and commuters) crossing at Bidwill St. Here, a short phase for cars imperils pedestrians. Traffic entering or leaving Bidwill St is rushing to squeeze an arterial traffic flow into a signal phase suited for a side street.

Like many in Mt Cook these crossings are used by large numbers of pedestrians, including students. An improvement is required.

Remaining stories to be placed here – August 5

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