Rodney Times : November 23rd 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Tuesday, November 23, 2010 *Conditions apply WE BRING OUR STORE TO YOUR DOOR Complete in-home decorating service Call Julia or Lauretta now for your *free house call for your colour scheme, measure and quotations. Covering the whole of Rodney. 12 Mill Lane, Warkworth Ph (09) 425 8187 • www.guthriebowron.co.nz 2592234AH Priced to suit all budgets • Paint • Curtains • Venetians • Carpet • Vinyl flooring • Wallpaper • Lighting Family hit by new route New view: The quiet rural valley Terri and Frankie Walkington and their children Frankie and Lily call home will be part of the new highway. By DELWYN DICKEY NOT everyone is happy with plans for an extended motorway north. Geoff Still who moved with his family from Auckland more than five years ago is among those who voiced con- cerns during the first of four information days organised by the NZ Transport Agency on Saturday. We didn t buy a lifestyle block to have a highway right on our doorstep, says Mr Stil. Mr Still stays in Auckland part of the week to avoid com- muting every day but sees no advantage in the new high- way. We re on tank water and are trying to grow our own vegetables. Now we ll have to live with the noise and environmental pollution. We ve given up a lot as a family for this lifestyle. Terri and Frankie Walk- ington have been in their house only 12 months. They overlook what is now a wide green valley and tucked away out of sight of the current State Highway 1. The highway is set to cut across the green valley less than 200 metres from their house. This was the property of a lifetime. We fell in love with it and have just finished additions and alterations, Ms Walkington says. We know it s going to affect someone but if they did the highway in one stage instead of two this section in front of us could well be an off ramp not a four-lane high- way. Their neighbour, who doesn t wish to be named, works at PMP Print and faces an uncertain future with the plant due to shut next year. Those directly on the proposed route who will eventually be bought out by NZTA are the lucky ones. They will have their properties bought at govern- ment valuation -- likely to be higher than market value at the moment -- and can move on. We love it here but we will have our views destroyed and our property has devalued overnight. Buying here was out of our financial comfort zone but it was always a back-up plan -- we could always sell the house -- but now who would want it, he says. The proposed new highway connects with SH1 just north of the town between Kaipara Flats Rd and Hudson Rd. It has the potential to provide access for a Matakana link road to the eastern beaches. This makes sense, Rodney Local Board member June Turner says. There had been plans for some time to eventually put in a road just north of the Warkworth A&P show- grounds connecting with Clayden Rd off Matakana Rd to ease problems around the notorious Hill St intersec- tion, she says. Businesses are forming a group to lobby for the on or off-ramp to traverse the Woodcocks Rd area rather than traffic travelling north having to backtrack to Wark- worth. A question mark will remain over access to and from the Puhoi/Mahurangi West area until the city s spatial plan is decided on at the end of next year -- see P3. People have until January 28 to provide feedback. Visit nzta.govt.nz/network/ projects/puhoi-to-wellsford for more information. Patrols stepped up to curb rampaging teens By CARALISE MOORE A rise in nuisance behaviour has the Omaha community keeping vigil. A string of incicents has been dealt with by police since mid October. They include a group of six 12 to 13-year-olds using a shang- hai slingshot to hit houses with water balloon bombs, a car load of youths dragging an orange road cone behind their car, speeding and yelling out their window at people, and bonfires being built next to the dotterel nesting grounds at the north- ern end of the beach. A brawl between two groups of youths at the Omaha Surf Club carpark had security staff backing away as bottles were thrown at them and their cars when they attempted to get the fight under control. Wark- worth police helped clear the area. There has been a re- occurring problem -- day and night -- of carloads of youths throwing eggs and bottles at other cars and houses. While the odd prank can be expected in any com- munity, this has gone way beyond mere shenanigans, Omaha Beach Community president Graham Painter says. One incident at 1am on Labour Day Sunday saw a patrol member punched in the face after he stopped to talk to a man walking past the golf club. Pulling up next to the walker, the staff member wound down the window of the truck before asking if he was okay. Without one word being spoken, he was then punched in the face through the open truck window. The staff member jumped out and chased the offender who had fled across the golf course, but didn t catch him. On November 13, several cars were keyed, and mirrors and wipers ripped off cars in the surf club carpark, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. It was reported drunken teenagers with bottles in hand were removed early in the evening after terrorising some children helping with surf club activities at the beach. Two bonfires had to be extinguished on the beach, again near the protected dot- terel reserve, Mr Painter says. This sounds like a report from a war zone, not a family beach haven. School holidays are nearly upon us and we urge parents to be vigilant with their children to ensure that they are not part of the problem -- either as a recipient of such antisocial behaviour or as perpetrators, he says. Someone knows who is responsible. We ask for your help in stamping this out before there is a really serious incident. Security patrols have been stepped up and police are also taking action. If you see any trouble, call 0800 OMAHA HELP -- 0800-66-2424-357. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. nz or chris@insitesecurity. co.nz if you have information.
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