He does it to keep away from fearing for his or her lives each time the aged couple make an try and cross Langdons Rd to buy groceries.
The nightmare started when the centre opened greater than a yr in the past. As extra eager consumers flocked to the advanced, so did the variety of automobiles they introduced with them.
To mitigate the elevated site visitors, the Papanui-Innes Group Board is awaiting the outcomes of a security audit at present underneath method to decide the right way to make the realm safer.
“Nothing’s modified, it’s nonetheless a tough place to cross and site visitors hasn’t diminished in any method,” Ian mentioned.
“There are individuals who use motorised wheelchairs making an attempt to get from A to B and it’s loopy – it’s solely a matter of time earlier than somebody’s going to get injured, or killed.”
Since Northlink opened final yr, the protection issues raised by Ian and neighbouring residents have intensified “10-fold.”
The elevated variety of automobiles parking and travelling down Langdons Rd induced a scarcity of visibility for residents exiting their driveways and made it tougher for pedestrians to cross the highway.
The protection audit is designed to take a look at modifications to the site visitors alongside the highway.
Except for the audit, the one security enhancements Northlink had carried out up to now have been the set up of right-turn lanes and no-stopping restrictions on the entrances in direction of the top of final yr.
Ian needed two site visitors islands put in to assist individuals get to the opposite facet of the highway however in a super world, site visitors lights needs to be put in.
“We would like a pedestrian crossing or lights, however I perceive that’s an costly factor for the (Christchurch Metropolis Council),” he mentioned.
“Within the procuring advanced [car park], I counted 38 pedestrian crossings, so we’re solely asking the council for one.”
It was arduous for Ian to be completely satisfied to see progress on security enhancements, despite the continuing security audit carried out by Northlink’s builders.
An absence of communication concerning progress from the town council and the group board was responsible, he mentioned.
Stated Ian: “It’s irritating as a result of I used to be assured final December that the council and group board would hold us within the loop.
“If we proceed to be ignored, then I’ll be compelled to make a degree.”
Nonetheless, group board chairwoman Emma Norrish mentioned the board has not acquired any complaints or suggestions because the concern was initially raised.
However attending to the underside of the issues was one thing the board prioritised in its board plan and up to date Lengthy Time period Plan submissions.
“We nonetheless have issues on the roundabout exterior the library, employees have been wanting into prospects into making that safer for cyclists as cyclists are in danger at this intersection,” she mentioned.