Council’s emissions only make up 4% of the city-wide emissions in Lower Hutt. While the council is working towards a target of carbon zero, work also needs to be done to encourage the rest of Lower Hutt to be so too.
One area of emission reduction is through electric vehicles (EV’s). One of the restrictions for uptake is chargers either at home or out and about.
I would like to see HCC stipulate that all new construction has wiring for EV chargers installed. Not necessarily an EV charger installed, but simply the wire from the meter box to the logical charger location (garage, carport, etc). The cost to run this cable safety on an existing house is very expensive, and for people renting can be a prohibiter for uptake.
This would apply to both commercial & residential builds. It removes the high cost of wiring an existing building and allows the tenant to easily get a charger installed (at their own cost) and can easily be removed again when they move out.
LittaTrap’s in Stormwater drains
A New Zealand company has come up with a low-cost solution to stop rubbish from entering our stormwater system. A littatrap can be easily installed in stormwater drains and collects rubbish in its net. This can then easily be removed and emptied. Obviously, this doesn’t fix the source of the issue but does help with the effects. Along with capturing the rubbish in the nets, we also need to look at revamping our recycling bin’s across the city.
Recycling System for Our Elements
Small topless crates aren’t sufficient in size or protection from the elements. If elected, one of the first things I’ll be working towards is a revamped recycling system. A two-bin system is in place in other cities around the region and works far better than our current crate system. For the average size family, the crate isn’t big enough to recycle everything that can be recycled. Once it is full, the wind & rain cause some of the items to be blown around the streets into our stormwater system. Closed bins provide protection from the elements, more space for recycling, and easier to move for those less able (as they have wheels)
If elected, one of my main focuses will be on being truly transparent. Too often elected members are hidden away and not accessible or forthcoming with information. As a councillor, elected by the city, it is my duty to be transparent during every decision making process. I will be looking to social media & digital platforms so that ratepayers can also help drive efficient decision making.
Recycle and renew Council assets
Lower Hutt needs to recycle and renew council assets to pay for new infrastructure that our city needs. We can’t keep piling more debt onto the future ratepayers. Decisions need to be made like a business would, with robust cost-to-benefit analysis and a payment plan. If you don’t have funds to do something you recycle or renew what you do have.
Petone to Grenada Link Road (P2G)
I support the Petone to Grenada Link Road. The main reason for me is better connection for Lower Hutt to Transmission Gully, and the redevelopment of the interchange with Petone’s Esplanade & SH2.
Watch this video from NZTA which gives you an overview of the project.
Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw
What are your thoughts on some or all public places becoming alcohol free zones from 9pm to 5am in Lower Hutt?
Police currently have powers to stop drinking in public, but this bylaw would allow the police to intervene before an issue begins. While I don’t think we want to become and over-policed city I think we need to find a good balance. Having just recently returned from Paris, it was wonderful to see 100’s of people sitting along the River Seine having picnics, often enjoying a bottle of wine. The problem is how do you say that sort of thing is ok, but a bunch of people getting drunk at a park isn’t?
The bylaw won’t include people transporting alcohol (I.e. Walking to a friends house, or going to a BYO restaurant).
If elected in the upcoming elections I am looking forward to being part of this consultation with the public to see what issues people bring up. In part I support banning drinking in public places – but would like to hear from the results of this consultation process before putting my full support behind it.
I am supportive for having a blanket rule across the city, and not designated to hot spot regions. It over complicates it for people working out where they can and can’t drink, and also problem areas will just shift to other areas not currently covered under the proposed bylaw – which could see a lot of time & money wasted constantly updating the bylaw with additional areas that become problems. Also residents nearby to the new problem areas won’t be happy that the problem has been introduced to their neighbour through the council’s decision to not include the entire city.
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says, “Public places do not include bars and other licensed premises or private property. Public places are areas such as parks, the river bank and public streets.”
“A lot of crimes in our city are related to or made worse by alcohol consumption. We want people to feel safe in public places.”
Petone’s waterfront is one of the nicest parts of the entire Wellington region. For such an amazing space it is so underutilised at present. While I don’t want to see high-rise apartments dominating this area, I think with careful consideration of the environment & historic nature of Petone, The Esplanade could easily become an amazing place for both locals and those visiting our great city. Hutt City Council has already approved the construction of low-rise apartments in this area, and with some smart city planning this space could be transformed.
I believe this would have to be done in two stages, because at present it is one of the busiest roads. Especially heavy vehicles heading to Gracefield/Seaview – the largest industrial area in the Wellington region. If the Cross Valley Link Road finally goes ahead there is no reason why The Esplanade couldn’t become an amazing place.
There is a real lack of creative spaces & connection between Petone and the foreshore. There is also a lack of sufficient lighting along the esplanade & the wharf. You only have to look at how amazing the area looks during Petone Winter Carnival, when lots of temporary lighting is brought in for the event.
Cross Valley Link
Once the Petone to Grenada (P2G) Link Road is built, there is projected to be an additional 3,500 vehicles using Petone’s esplanade. There needs to be a new purpose built link road between SH2 and the Eastern Hutt. The importance of this Cross Valley Link road has long been disputed, for its low benefit to cost ratio – however once the new P2G road is completed, I believe the benefit greatly increases from having a new route for residents wanting to access Seaview, Gracefield, Wainuiomata and the surrounding suburbs.
The traffic along Petone is already very bad, even without this additional load. The esplanade was never designed for this level of traffic. I want to see us utilise the waterfront area more. More parks, water areas, and hospitality options. Let’s reduce traffic on the waterfront, and find ways we can better utilise the esplanade.
Demystifying What Council Does
Voter turnout at the last election was the lowest it’s ever been, and if this trend continues – this election will break that record again. I believe the main reason people don’t vote – is they don’t understand what council does, how it does it, and why it is so important in their day-to-day lives. Over the coming weeks I am going to be producing a series of videos demystifying what council does.