Dozens of market garden tractors leaving trails of mud on a rural Levin road have a resident fuming, but businesses are telling her to get over it.
Diane Brown has been asking Horowhenua District Council to get market gardeners to clean up their act. She said she wondered if it was going to take an accident for someone to take her seriously.
Mrs Brown, who lives on Buller Rd, said Buller and Bruce roads in Levin were used not only by market gardeners but also general traffic, including cars, motorbikes and cyclists.
She said the mud left behind by tractors was making the road dangerous for other users.
"The council has said it will put up signs that warn people about the slippery surface, but I think more could be done."
Mrs Brown said she had lived in the area for seven years and had been asked by some market garden owners if she was trying to put them out of business.
"But it's not just a road for them, it's for everyone. People walk along that road and if a car slips on the mud, whose fault will it be?"
Mrs Brown said she had also asked the council to lower the speed limit along the roads to 80kmh.
John Clarke, director of Woodhaven Gardens, acknowledged that dirt was left on the roads but that was part and parcel of living in a rural area.
His business is one of several that uses the roads to transport vegetables from the fields to the shops. "People have to realise they are living in a rural environment and a working rural environment at that."
Mr Clarke said his company would bring in a contractor once or twice a year to clean up when the business thought things were getting a bit messy.
He said residents should be realistic.
"The nice rural area they like to live in is a working one. There's mud on the road and there's cow s... on the road." He said Horowhenua District Council had discussed the issue with businesses and he was glad signage was going up.
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