So far we have interviewed 68 households, with 103 adults and 18 children. We are intending to interview 300 households and will present the full results to the board of inquiry. Here are our results so far.
79% of people in the households we interviewed reported that they were in good health, 21% said they were not.
- 32% reported themselves as being over their ideal weight and 74% said they engaged in regular exercise. A surprisingly large 44% said they used local streets for exercising such as walking and cycling, or walking the dog.
- 58% of households interviewed reported a family history of respiratory disease.
- 30% of households had members with asthma.
- 53% had a family history of heart disease, with 26% of all adults reporting high blood pressure.
- 11% of adults had sustained a previous heart attack.
- 13% had had cancer.
- 32% of adults reported a mobility problem such as arthritis or prior injury affecting movement.
A large response was seen for sensitivity to noise and vibration.
- 30% of households reported sensitivity to vibration such as a truck or train traveling nearby.
- 67% reported a sensitivity to noise.
- An unexpected 65% of households reported a member with a sleep disorder and 46% of households reported poor sleep quality with approximately 30% reporting disruption to sleep 3-4 times per week.
- 81% of households reported being sensitive to noise in varying degrees, and stated they would be irritated by a weed-eater operating over several hours next door.
- Thirty five percent of households had a member with either a hearing impairment or a hearing aid. – 23% with a hearing aid member, 11% with a hearing impairment.
A high 35% of adults and children reported suffering from allergies. 30% of these were from hay fever.
Sensitivity to any rise in petrol prices was noted.
- 32% of households said they would stop using their car if petrol prices rose to $2.50 per litre.
- 60% said they would stop using their car if petrol prices rose to $3.00 per litre.
- A number of people had already stopped using their car and 47% of households stated their preferred transport option was rail. The gold card discounts appeared to be a factor in this with many older respondents.
Clearly there are a number of people living within 200m of the proposed route who are sensitive to noise, vibration and any degradation in air quality. The physical and psychological barrier imposed by the expressway will impact on the 74% of people who exercise regularly, particularly as 44% use local streets.
Over half those interviewed had a family history of heart disease and would be at further risk of cardiac problems if air quality was degraded by proximity to a major road. The potential for sleep disturbance also appears high, with obvious health and safety considerations resulting from lack of adequate sleep due to traffic noise. A significant portion of those interviewed were sensitized to pollens and other allergens and this would potentially increase markedly if exposed to traffic pollution. Hence the potential for increased health problems and exacerbation of existing health problems has been demonstrated with the results of this survey. With almost half of respondents preferring rail travel when commuting outside of Kapiti, the benefits of the proposed road to many residents are not demonstrated.
Full results will be presented to the board of inquiry as evidence. A copy will be made available at that time.