Save a human not a tree! - Change the proposed footpath to a safer location
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We are concerned for the safety of children in particular using the new proposed footpath between #69 and #87 Beachlands Road.
The placement of the new proposed footpath is right on the property boundaries. Drivers coming out of these properties will have no clear visibility of pedestrians until the vehicle is already on the footpath.
This poses a major safety concern for anyone using the footpath, but more importantly the many children that will use the footpath in the mornings and afternoons to/from Beachlands school.
Many ride their bikes and scooters at speed along the existing footpaths, and the placement of the new footpath means they are much more likely to be hit by a vehicle due to blind spots than if the path was pushed further out along the curb side as the existing footpaths do.
In one section of the plan, the very steep gradient will mean that anyone in a wheel chair or using a push chair may have difficulty using the footpath.
We have had a senior member from Heb Construction to review and he agrees that how it is proposed is an accident waiting to happen, whilst he has escalated this to his superior, we need submissions to show support for the change urgently.
It is our understanding that Auckland Transport chose to divert the footpath diagonally and follow the boundary line to avoid having to remove existing trees along Beachlands road.
While we love the idea of saving trees where possible, to save them at the expense of a someones safety/life is unacceptable. Trees can always be replaced, the same can not be said for a human life.
Please help us to potentially save a life and have the path moved to a safer position. It's not too late, but we need signatures now to halt further works.
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