Slowing traffic 'threat'

Nelson city councillor Eric Davy has slammed efforts to reduce traffic speeds, saying they are holding up emergency services.

Davy said he had talked to emergency service workers who were worried about narrowing roads impeding their arrival time at critical incidents.

He presented his views as chairman of the council's works and infrastructure committee yesterday, talking specifically about reducing Haven Rd to one lane around the pedestrian crossing outside Auckland Point School and the impact this would have on Tahunanui residents needing emergency services.

Councillor Mike Ward said keeping pedestrians safe would reduce the workload on emergency services.

Councillors Brian McGurk and Kate Fulton said they were under the impression that the road outside Auckland Point School was only being reduced through road lines, not physically.

So there would still be room for emergency services to go around traffic.

The Nelson Mail