Waiuku Town update

 

 

Sharlene Druyven, Waiuku Town Manager

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and saw in a safe and happy new year.
As you will all be aware, road works have started in Kitchener Road from the Z Station through to the pedestrian crossing and the job is expected to run for approximately 3 months. The road is being resealed and work is required to correct the sinking around the culvert area on the bridge.
Auckland Transport has also advised us that Constable Road will also be resealed after the Kitchener Road works are completed. We have insisted that these jobs are done separately as they are the two main ring roads around the town and we would experience gridlock if they occurred simultaneously. They have expressed however that there could be a crossover of a couple of days due to the sealing machine availability.
This will definitely cause disruption regarding school drop-off and pick-ups, so maybe consider other options around that time.
Our Waiuku businesses have endured a lot of disruption over the last five years with the town centre upgrades, the paving issues and the laying of fibre to name a few. Some businesses experience more than a 50% drop in sales around these times when works are carried out around their businesses.
Although we are working with the road contractors to try and make parking available and keep disruption to a minimum for the public during this time, I ask the community to please keep supporting our businesses through these trying times, even though you may have to park a little further away and be slightly inconvenienced.
Many of you have also brought to our attention the collapsing seal in the Kentish Car Park. This has been addressed by Auckland Transport and they are currently investigating how to repair the sunken area.
Please don’t forget Movies in the Park on the Tamakae Reserve on Saturday, February 13 from 6.30pm. We are showing the movie “The Blind Side,” a lovely family, feel good movie and we have live music from Fat Mouse, free face painting and entertainment for the kids. Icecream, popcorn, drinks and a sausage sizzle will be available for purchase. NZ Home Loans are donating all sausage sizzle proceeds to child cancer, and Vanessa and I are selling drinks with all profits being donated to our Mudlarks.
So grab the kids and a blanket, come on down and enjoy the evening whilst supporting these causes.

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