Speed proposals attract more attention than rates

Proposals to lower speed limits around Palmerston North have aroused more public interest than the rates.

More than 113 people had made submissions on the city council's proposed speed limits bylaw by closing time yesterday.

The plan to impose a 30kmh restriction throughout most of the central business district has proven to be the most contentious.

Council head of strategy and policy Neil Miller said the idea had drawn a strong level of comment, and some people said it would not make much difference in terms of safety. The part of the proposal that caused councillors the most angst was the section dealing with speeds around schools.

Cr Chris Teo-Sherrell mounted a spirited and temporarily successful campaign to propose that speeds around schools be lowered to 30kmh around the clock.

The permanent restriction would have been necessary to allow the council to set a speed limit below 40kmh.

Mr Miller said the variable 40kmh school speed zones had attracted fairly consistent support.

But he said they could not all be introduced at once, and the council would have to make a priority list based on safety concerns and traffic volumes.

There were also some submissions about speeds on roads around the city's rural fringe.

About 12 people said they wanted to make oral submissions on August 14.

Mr Miller said the number of submissions was encouraging.

The annual plan review this year attracted less feedback.

Manawatu Standard