WALG (Warkworth Area Liaison Group) One Warkworth Business Association
Warkworth Area Liason group (WALG)
Minutes for Warkworth Area Liaison Group
Date: 4th November 2020
Meeting Opened: 7:30 pm
Chairperson: Hueline Massey
Attendees: 11 People
Apologies: Rohan Meuli, Beth Houlbrooke, Angela Buckton, Peter Buckton, Murray Chapman, Dave Stott, Greg Sayers, Dave Parker, Brendan Chaffe
Local Board report- Tim Holdgate
Tim advised that the official schedule for the hearing on the proposed Wayby Valley landfill has been released. It started on Monday 9th Nov at the Warkworth Town Hall and is running there until Friday 20th. It then shifts to Ngati Manuhiri headquarters in the old Warkworth courthouse from Tuesday 24th Nov to Thursday 26th Nov, and then back to the Warkworth Town Hall again from Friday 27th Nov until the 17th December.
The hearing panel consists of Sheena Tepania (Chair), Alan Watson, David Mead, Wayne Donovan and Michael Parsonson. The list and times of submitters is attached with these minutes.
There is also a plan change application underway for more intensive land use around Clayden Rd next to the Matakana Link Rd.
Applications are open for Healthy Waters funding to help landowners fence waterways. Applications can be received until 23rd November.
Auckland Transport has handed the administration of the Sandspit Car Park back to Community Services. This has left the latter with very little time to sort itself out before the Christmas and summer peak use time. It’s currently offering free usage until it gets itself organized. The downside will be that Community Services will have to find ways to raise enough money to operate successfully, but there is a big upside in that it is in a much better position to take local needs into consideration when making operational decisions.
The wastewater pipeline Phase One is still slowly progressing. This is the pipe from Snells Beach to the outflow off Martins Bay. Phase two is the Treatment plant itself in Snells Beach, and Phase three is the pipeline form Snells Beach to Warkworth. Discussions are underway around moving the pipeline construction’s works yard from its current site near Snells Beach School to a property near Lawrie Rd. This will be done to ease the effects of noisy machinery on neighbouring residential areas.
Local Board report- (Colin Smith)
Colin commented on the position that Wellsford finds itself in now that it’s part of the Supercity. With only a small local population it is swamped by the rest of Auckland and gets very few benefits. It is sorely in need of council investment in many areas but struggles to get any works into council budgets. Even things such as developer’s contributions are swallowed up in the Council’s consolidated funds rather than being funneled back into the Wellsford area.
Transport Forum (Roger Williams)
Roger questioned the usefulness of the designation that is in place for the connection from the new NX2 motorway to SH1 north of the town. He pointed out at the Transport Forum that the current designation doesn’t leave enough room for a future interchange south of the township. This was not commented on by AT or NZTA but was taken on board. Hopefully it will be considered.
The Supporting Growth Alliance is currently working on a business case around road planning for Pukekohe for AT. It won’t be starting on any planning for roads around Warkworth until after this has been completed. This will result in delays of anywhere up to a year to any planning being started for the Sandspit Link Rd, which means any business case probably won’t be completed until 2022ish. There will also be repercussions for road planning needed for new developments underway around Warkworth such as the new Presbyterian Church construction and the soon to commence Stubbs Farm development. These will alter traffic flow patterns considerably and planning needs to start now to cater for this.
Roger pointed out that the last Hill St discussions at a ministerial level had been with Transport Minister Phil Twyford. These been very encouraging, but Phil Twyford is no longer Transport minister so we need to approach the new minister to ensure we keep on the ministry’s radar and can continue to push our case. We also need to involve our local MPs like Marja more.
Discussions are still going on around tolling of the new motorway. We need to emphasise the huge cost this would potentially put on commuters and how it would push a lot of road users back on to the old highway. This would in turn diminish one of the big advantages in having the new motorway in the first place; namely the much improved, safer traffic flow conditions on the motorway leading to less accidents and faster, more economic travel.
We were reminded that Warkworth’s business association has changed its name from One Warkworth to One Mahurangi to reflect its relevance for the whole district around Warkworth. We hope that Murray recovers from his concussion and stays away from ladders in the future.
Terry raised the issue of Kowhai Park tracks. New signs have gone up saying that the tracks will be closed until April 2021. This seems a hell of a long time to take to do a bit of track maintenance and install a few hygiene stations. The lower track will be topped up with 50 tonnes of new aggregate brought in by helicopter. Surely this could be done for the other tracks too.
No one seems to know what is happening with the proposed concrete path from Heritage Lane to the new Park’n’ride site.
Hueline advised that submissions are open for the regional parks management plan. She commented that it would be sensible to keep this as simple as possible.
It was commented that the recent article in the Mahurangi Matters about the dreadful quality of Warkworth’s reticulated water was really good in drawing the public’s focus on to this issue. Many people would be putting up with the poor quality water without really thinking about how much it affects their appliances and their lives. Glyn pointed out that we need to continue to keep the spotlight on this issue and take the matter up with those in decision-making roles at council. We need this problem solved!
Meeting Closed: 9-00 pm. Next meeting is on December 2nd at 7-30pm