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Oriental Parade residents keep events at bay

Mar 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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ORIENTAL Bay people have convinced the city council to allow only two full road closures a year on Oriental Parade.

They would prefer there were none at all, says Oriental Bay Residents’ Association member Colin Blair, but the association will live with an agreement from Wellington City Council to have just two complete road closures each year.

“We don’t want too many road closures, because it affects the local retailers and residents in our areas,” he says.

He says while residents appreciate the area is a popular one for events, the association is concerned about access to homes.

The council has received complaints from Oriental Bay residents annoyed at the number of events during summer months, says council spokesperson Richard MacLean.

Council events manager John Dawson says there has been ongoing dialogue between the residents and the council for some time.

Mr MacLean says Oriental Bay is the number one street for Wellington people to go out and enjoy themselves, but striking a balance between public and residential needs is important.

Clockwork Event Management managing director Lisa Garrity says she does not think the council’s decision will affect opportunities for future events for her company.

“We have other options such as Frank Kitts Park … and in all fairness I think it is nice to leave it [Oriental Bay] as a beach,” she says.

Mr Dawson is having another meeting with residents this week to discuss future events in the area.

The first closure this year was the Round the Bays run on February 15. The second, a series of triathlons for the Contact Tri Series and Oceania Continental Cup, takes place on March 14.

The council will still allow partial road closures, with a women’s duathlon in April and full and half marathons in June.

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