Listening to Community

Published: 15-Feb-2019

The Woodend Sefton Community Board held their first meeting of 2019 on Monday evening and were pleased to receive an update from Council staff in response to the concerns that residents raised through the Pegasus Residents’ Group about the maintenance of the entrance to Pegasus.

The contract has now been changed so that it comes under parks and reserves which means that the maintenance standard has changed. Feedback from the community has been very positive since this happened.

An application for $445 from the Pegasus Bay School PTA toward running an Easter Fun Day on 7 April 2019 was approved by the Board.

Shona Powell, Woodend Sefton Community Board Chair says, “The Board were very supportive of the old-style family event, it sounds like a lot of fun and will be great for the community.”

The Board appreciated receiving a report of the progress made by the Woodend Lions Club on the Woodend War Memorial Project. The Board donated $5,000 from the landscaping budget to support the project. They are looking forward to work starting and for the community to have somewhere to commemorate and remember.

The Board and Council staff are planning a drop-in event at Waikuku Beach to consult on a welcome sign to the settlement.  There will be an opportunity for residents to find out more about what is happening with issues around the community, in particular around water supply and drainage. Watch the Council's website or Facebook page for more details to come.

The Board were interested to hear that the Council would be looking into a possible Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw that could deal with instances of long grass on undeveloped sections and rules for other nuisances. The long grass on undeveloped sections is particularly relevant to some of our communities.

Recent fire in Pegasus

The Board listened to concerns raised by the Pegasus community after the recent fire on Pegasus Boulevard, which caused temporary traffic delays, and other related issues were raised such as access to the emergency gate.

It is important to clarify the issue during the fire was residents getting access into Pegasus and not getting to safety if there was an emergency. This was the first time the locked emergency gate, which was set up for this purpose, had to be used and overall it worked. Now it is time to see what improvements can be made and this process is underway

The emergency access runs from Pegasus Main Street to Gladstone Road and is intended for use in a diversion situation in response to things like road crashes or blockages on State Highway 1 or anything that blocks Pegasus Boulevard. It is not designed as a route for regular use as the intersections at SH1 in Woodend cannot deal with the increase in traffic levels.

There are a number of keys with Pegasus residents and also with emergency services. The gate, as happened this time, will be opened when it is needed in the future.

The Board have and will continue to advocate for the Woodend bypass planned by NZTA and see this as the longer term solution to having another permanent road in and out of Pegasus. We will continue to work with the Council, emergency services and the Pegasus and Woodend residents groups to see how we can improve things.

Pegasus is not in a Tsunami Evacuation Zone

In response to some additional concerns raised by residents relating to tsunami evacuations, it is important to note that Pegasus is not currently in a tsunami evacuation zone. You can access maps of tsunami evacuation zones here. The siren some residents can hear may be located at either Woodend Beach or Waikuku Beach – which are at risk of tsunami. In an evacuation scenario, the emergency exit at Pegasus Main Street and Gladstone Road is fit for purpose.

Civil Defence information

To find out more about what to do in an emergency click here .