30 June 2020
The public are now able to have their say about the proposed options for future management of Marguerita Street.
Earlier this month elected members approved the decision to go out to the community to gain feedback to enable them to make an informed decision in selecting one of the three recommended options for traffic management and road safety improvements on Marguerita Street.
As part of its role in managing the local road network, Council continuously monitors traffic load, types, behaviours, and impact on surrounding neighbourhoods. Following recent land development and feedback from residents regarding the mixed traffic use of Marguerita Street, it is now the appropriate time to review the road use and function.
Council has consulted with some of the residents who live on or near the street and is now extending that consultation to businesses in the area as well as the wider community.
There are three recommended options:
- Status quo – keep the road as it is. Council would continue to monitor and enforce parking issues.
- Reduce traffic speed, volume of traffic and vehicle movements by installing traffic management features e.g. chicanes or narrowing the road at the residential end of Marguerita Street.
- Remove the ability to travel through Marguerita Street. This would mean closing the road by installing back-to-back cul-de-sacs at a midway point (approximately the location of Vetora).
People can submit their feedback via Council’s online engagement hub Let’s Talk/Korero Mai. Visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/letstalk to learn more about the proposal and to submit your feedback.
Alternatively feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be provided over the phone by calling our Customer Centre on 07 348 4199.
Feedback closes 31 July 2020.
If you would like to hear more about the proposal, or discuss your feedback in person, Council is hosting a drop-in session at Rotorua Racecourse on Tuesday 7 July 2020 between 5pm and 7pm. We encourage you to come along and speak with our staff.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How could changes to Marguerita Street affect other roads/streets nearby?
Traffic modelling data has suggested that the closure would most likely affect Sala Street and Sophia Street by increasing the traffic that would use these routes. The reason for the increase of traffic using Sophia Street is because traffic traveling from or to the south-western suburbs to eastern Rotorua who currently use Marguerita Street would shift off Devon Street to Sophia as that is a shorter route through to Sala Street. Given Sala Street’s current status as a State Highway, the effect would most likely be unnoticeable however, the increase on Sophia Street would be noticeable.
- Who has Council consulted so far?
Council has heard from residents and a number of businesses. We are now working through a process to engage with those residents and businesses who haven't yet provided feedback as well as the wider community.
- When will a decision be made?
Feedback closes 31 July 2020. Once all feedback has been received and collated, a report will be prepared to go to Council for their consideration. The final decision will be made by the full Council before the end of the year.
- What has happened so far to improve safety?
Council has responded to safety concerns in the interim with improved signage and road markings to give the impression of a narrow road, which encourages lower speeds. Parking enforcement has also been active in the area and Council is arranging for barriers to be added to grass verges at the residential end of the street, which will help to reduce the instances of illegal parking on Marguerita Street.
- What is the average speed for Marguerita Street?
Council undertook a period of traffic speed counts. The data suggested that on average, traffic travels within the posted speed limit of 50km/hr. It was found that 15% of vehicles exceeded the speed limit.