Kingston fronts up


Kingston residents are gearing up for a fight over proposed access to a new mega-subdivision.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing the use of Kent Street as the accessway to the Kingston Village Limited development.

Resource consent’s been lodged for the 20.8 hectare first stage of the development, which would spark work on 217 mixed-density lots.

The development, one of the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund projects, is likely to massively increase the township’s population, with more than 900 houses flagged in total.

Community Association chairman Athol Elliott says they’re not opposed to the development itself.

“You can’t stand in the way of progress.”

But, he tells be any “goodwill” between the developers and the 400-strong community, the proposed accessway needs to be scrapped.

“Proposed access to the development down the main street is totally unacceptable due to its narrow road width causing unsafe conditions and congestion for all users.”

The accessway’s within 300 metres of school bus stops, the playground, the fire station, St John, the library, and the campground, Elliott says.

“There is already a subdivision underway off Kent St of approximately 64 sections, which is already causing congestion.”

According to the consent application, the roading layout had to be revised due to issues with getting access over private land to connect the roading network with Cambridge Street.

Instead, Oxford Street would be used.

A petition against the accessway’s already received 385 signatures.

Kingston Village Limited could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Single-entry points to Queenstown’s Shotover Country and Lake Hayes Estate subdivisions are causing traffic tail-backs at present. Rush-hour jams began when work started on the Quail Rise slip road, creating a bottleneck at Shotover Bridge.