By MATTHEW MCKEW
Concerned Lake Hayes Estate residents fear disruption and an end to privacy if a proposed new road into the Queenstown suburb goes ahead.
The route’s appeared in all three City Hall draft masterplans for developing Ladies Mile, north of the estate, on State Highway 6.
A major issue with any development in the area’s traffic, and last week Queenstown mayor Jim Boult personally pledged to block any more homes until congestion issues along SH6 are solved.
Alternative transport methods aimed at reducing the number of cars have been drawn up by both council and transport agency bods, with a park-and-ride potentially being built on land at 516 Ladies Mile, east of Queenstown Country Club.
The council bought the land from the Walker family two years ago, and proposals also suggest adding playing fields or a school.
But what’s causing controversy is the conversion of the property driveway into a road to allow for a new bus link into Lake Hayes Estate.
It would start from another new roundabout on SH6, east of one proposed at the intersection with Howards Drive, and go down the hill to the residential Sylvan Street.
The new road would pass between two homes purchased by people thinking they were
away from any hustle and bustle.
If built, it would provide a third accessway to Lakes Hayes Estate and take some pressure off of Howards Dr and Stalker Road roundabout.
Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association held a meeting last Monday at Shotover Primary.
There, City Hall head planner Tony Avery said the road was just a proposal and not set in stone.
He says it’s being considered because it would provide a good bus link to the northern side of Ladies Mile.
Avery was responding to an anonymously-submitted question that lambasted the proposal.
‘‘Sylvan St is not currently wide enough for two-way traffic, let alone buses going in both directions.
‘‘Why is Howard Dr not the designated bus route?
‘‘What is the thinking behind destroying nature and our private homes?’’
Sylvan St resident Rachel Ralston says if it goes ahead it will destroy people’s privacy.
‘‘We were told at the last meeting there would be buses every 10 minutes come down the hill, so those houses would have lights coming in through their windows.’’
She adds it’s not clear if the proposed new road would just be open to buses or general traffic, too.