Board 'open' to ideas over one-way plan

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
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Fairlie Community Board chairman Owen Hunter

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The Fairlie Community Board wants to introduce a new one-way system to avoid accidents near one of its busiest streets.

Chairman Owen Hunter said the proposal was to turn the section of Riddle St that went past the Fairlie Bakehouse and Aorangi Vets into one-way traffic flow, west to east.

"It gets pretty tight in there for parking, especially as the bakery has become so busy," Mr Hunter said.

"We had considered removing parking from the area, but we knew that wouldn't be very popular. So our compromise suggestion is to make the section one-way."

Mr Hunter said the board intended to host a couple of meetings about the proposal.

"There will be people both for and against the idea. There's not a lot of room to manoeuvre in that area, and although there hasn't been an accident recently, we want to make it safer. We're open to suggestions."

Fairlie Bakehouse head chef Franz Lieber said he was not worried about the proposal.

"If they want to make the street safer that's fine. As long they don't close the street off for parking, I'm OK with the suggestion. The bakery is certainly getting busier recently," he said.

Mr Hunter said a proposal would soon go out for public consultation, while people who wanted to make suggestions on the idea could submit to the district council.

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- The Timaru Herald

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