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Devon St East at Strandon fatality waiting to happen.
  Wednesday 07 March, 2018
Devon St East at Strandon fatality waiting to happen.

Strandon resident David Harrop wants the New Plymouth District Council to do something about the Mangorei Rd Devon St intersection.

A New Plymouth intersection was a "fatality waiting to happen", councillors have been warned.

Strandon resident David Harrop presented a petition at the New Plymouth District Council's monthly meeting on Tuesday asking the authority to improve safety in the Devon St East, Nobs Line, Ronald St, Baring Tce and Mangorei Rd area.

He also included submission from local businesses, he said.

"One called the area 'a fatality waiting to happen'."

He took the petition around businesses in Strandon and did a lot of door knocking, he said.

The petition has 541 signatures, nine written submissions and a further 17 on the Neighbourly website, he said.

The main issue is turning right from Mangorei Rd into Devon St East, or right from Devon St East to Mangorei Rd, and pedestrians crossing anywhere in the area.

"I ask you to give this petition favourable consideration," he said.

Harrop pointed out to councillors the distance along Devon St East from the Hobson St lights to the next pedestrian crossing - between Henui and Beach Streets - was 1.2kms.

"The council put in an uncontrolled crossing point near Ronald St, by the Federal Store, in 2014. But it has no centre refuge so this crossing is as dangerous as the open road."

Strandon business owner Sara Hamilton said Strandon was a very popular area with large numbers of people enjoying the beach and the walkway.

"It's so busy. We were asked to bring problems not solutions. There is no way of slowing the traffic. And crossing for pedestrians is very difficult."

Rampage Fitness owner Allan Ross said trucks were a major problem.

He hadn't counted them, but there were always three ready to turn right - all day, he said.

In his submission Ross said trucks go day and night and 'blatantly use engines brakes on Mangorei Rd at night.

Mayor Neil Holdom asked for a report from the roading team on the problem and for possible solutions.


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