Infrastructure

Infrastructure

By far the greatest amount of money that council spends is on the development/maintenance of the infrastructure of the city. This includes roads and footpaths, water reticulation, sewage collection, etc

Many areas of Wellington have suffered the adverse impacts of developments over the last few years. This has included the inability of systems to collect and remove storm-water run-off, the inability to supply pressured water to areas where additional housing has been built within a community etc.

Council has has agreed that development of Wellington should comprise the option of concentrating citizens in specific areas of the city, rather than in an environment of urban sprawl. It is recognized that the plans (of infill housing variety) are often long term (15 to 50 years). However, in many areas of the city, where this infill housing is being concentrated, the infrastructure is dated and barely meeting the needs of the present residential base, and expected growth. There are also issues of the capability of the infrastructure downstream to cope with the impacts of cumulative development.

Improvement of infrastructure

Infrastructure needs comprehensive planning for all future expansion as well as maintaining, and where possible, improving upon such services as:

Public Transportation

Electronic timetables in bus shelters to advise next bus etc.

Feeder services considered desirable.

Regional Transport – Computer based information system that shows how to move around the region in a timely and efficient manner. Need for Council to ensure that product and people can move economically and efficiently around the whole region.

  • Cheap
  • Reliable
  • Frequent
  • Park and ride areas available in suburbs. Currently parking at transport centres overwhelms residential and small business people near these centres
  • Parking and development has contradictory and ‘not resident friendly’ rules – ie restrictions on creating further parking in Johnsonville

Streets

Bypass should be upgraded as originally planned to enable cross- city transport – including buses and delivery trucks to move the shortest distance efficiently.

  • Clean
  • Well lit areas
  • Safe
  • Foot path and road maintenance
  • Transmission Gully supported and completed
  • Regular audit of street signs’ visiability
  • Regular audit of tree heights in relation to power lines
  • Enforce bylaw relating to display of street number in CBD and suburbs

Water

Actively promote and action water conservation.

Build more bulk water storage facilities to ensure continued adequate water for the region.

Ensure there is planned maintenance of all the water reticulation systems.

Subsidise rain water collection tanks in private and commercial residences – not necessarily potable water quality.

  • Free water always

Water Savings

  • Water saving measures should include a subsidy for rainwater tanks as part of the package.

Rubbish and recycling

  • recycling bins to be “wind-friendly”
  • open accountability of recycling. Separating at source but it appears currently council contractors dump stuff into one or two compartments of the recycling truck potentially contaminating the recycled goods
  • currently backyard collection of rubbish is available (at cost) but not recycling collection – lets change that
  • Ongoing review of recycling practices

The green recycling bins blow away and scatter recycling on the streets. Introduce a covered over wheelie bin system like other cities have done. This could include a service that is less frequent (e.g. fortnightly), or in high density areas bins could be dropped off at pick-up points.

Redesign of recycling systems. Become sustainable.

  • More numbers to be recycled 5 & 6
  • Curbside bins with lids
  • do plastic bags to separate recycling
  • recycle things such as batteries

Provide more insentives to recycle or dis-insentives not to.

Public Conveniences

  • Installation/ upgrade of public conveniences in suburbs
  • Clear signage to CBD toilets

Sewerage

Current system needs a lot of attention to bring it iup to an appropriate standard. Needs to be a priority.

Road Surfaces

Road surfaces around Wellington need continual maintenance. Roading surfaces suffer from the heavy traffic (both in terms of traffic and vehicular weight). Many roads are by nature of the topography subject to water damage or slips.

Council in its LTCCP needs to ensure funding is available to repair roads.

Footpaths

Footpaths of Wellington become a hazard to pedestrians when tree roots grow through the footpath surface or push up the pavers of a footpath. Following roadworks (or similar across footpaths) the hole is filled and sealed and left. In a short time that area becomes compressed and "sinks" leaving a depression. When the paving stones become uneven the danger to pedestrian tripping escalates to dangerous levels.

Improve the standard of footpaths.

Footpath network must be improved in may areas of Wellington, particularly where there ore no footpaths on bus routes.

Enforce requirements to place services (power, phone, internet under foot paths when footpaths are resurfaced and resealed. Eventually the whole city will have underground services. New subdivisions already have underground services.

Broadband Cabling

Council should facilitate private expansion of underground broadband cables, rather than doing it themselves.

Communications/power lines should be moved underground where possible. Council should make good on previous commitment to put wires underground if pavements are being dug up.

Power Supply

Wellington should work towards self - sufficiency in power. Wellington topographically is well suited to wind turbines and tidal generators.

Supply needs to be sufficient to make provision for recharging electric cars with the appropriate network of recharge stations.

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