Europeans need fewer consents

Last updated 12:45 29/10/2012

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Murray Eggers (Letters, October 22) says on a recent trip to Germany that he didn't see any motorways through villages.

Well I say he must have dozed off. I'm a frequent annual traveller to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Slovenia, and in all of these countries I have experienced motorways through villages. More to the point is their design of motorways and the associated landscaping, noise baffle walls and in some cases glass covers. In these countries they have the resources to reduce the effect of noise or eyesore, something we can work on.

The other point about European motorways is that they lack the complications of endless private submissions and resource consents, these governments just get on and do it.

Peter Muller

Waikanae

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