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Berhampore the forgotten suburb, say local businesses, residents

Oct 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

COHESIVE COMMUNITY: Jo Coffey wants to raise the profile of Berhampore.

COHESIVE COMMUNITY: Jo Coffey wants to raise the profile of Berhampore.

TRAFFIC, parking and street maintenance are three of the biggest issues Berhampore businesses want council to address.

Locals feel their suburb has been left at the bottom of the pile, with little to no representation on Wellington City Council, “We feel like a forgotten suburb,” Rose Smyth, of Rinski Korsakov’s Café.

“The most we see of the council around here are the parking wardens.”

Traffic speed and safety was raised as an issue when Newswire surveyed businesses and residents this week.

“There needs to be a slowdown zone just like in other suburbs,” Ms Smyth said.

“I have seen so many near accidents, it’s not funny.”

Berhampore Primary School and South Wellington Intermediate are within a couple of blocks of Adelaide Road as well as two pre-schools.

A number of locals spoken to suggested the timing of the traffic lights needs adjusting, with many particularly concerned about the intersection of Adelaide Rd and Britomart Street.

Parking issues also featured widely among local businesses and many said there was not enough parking, leaving many motorists with no choice but to abuse time limits.

Street cleaning was also a concern with many residents and business owners complaining that the streets are dirty and unkempt.

Jo Coffey, of L’affaire au Chocolat, said street maintenance was non-existent in Berhampore and she would like to see the council instate a cleaning programme.

She also thinks there needs to be better signage for where to get onto the City-to-Sea walkway. “People often get lost,” says Ms Coffey.

Many of those spoken to by Newswire felt there needed to be greater effort in creating awareness of civil defence strategies and about facilities that are available in Berhampore.

“There’s the golf club and the bowling club, but what else?” says Ms Coffey.

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