No speed reduction by school

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 12:00 12/12/2013

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School children in Dannevirke may have a safer walk to school in the future, but those heading to a small Tararua school may not be as lucky.

Tararua District Council is reviewing speed limits across the district, and asked staff to see if parts of Weber Rd, which goes past Weber School, and a stretch of Tipapakuku Rd between Cowper and Riverdale roads, could be added to the list of reviewed sites.

At yesterday's council meeting, councillors were told the stretch of Weber Rd did not meet criteria for staff to recommend it have its speed lowered from 70kmh to 50kmh.

Chief executive Blair King told councillors they could recommend the area have its speed lowered anyway, but the NZ Transport Agency would probably say this was not appropriate.

Mayor Roly Ellis said the road was one where stock sometimes crossed. "I still think it is one of those places with a lot of heavy logging trucks going through and lots of visitors to the beach, and [the speed limit] should be lowered."

Councillor David Roberts said that if people wanted the speed lowered there, they would be able to make submissions when the proposal went out to the public.

The proposed Tipapakuku Rd speed reduction was accepted, but councillors did not add the Weber Rd stretch to the proposal.

The proposal will be publicly notified next week, with submissions closing at the end of February. The bylaw for the speed proposals is scheduled to come into force in May.

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