No more a quiet country road

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 30/01/2014
Supplied/Jo Harris

Jo Harris films a truck going past his property on Rolling Ridges Road.

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Rolling Ridges Rd residents are upset about a big increase in heavy vehicle traffic in the once quiet rural area.

Rooneys Earthmoving has added an entrance to its quarry in the area from Rolling Ridges Rd. Originally it was only accessible from Fraser Rd, behind it.

A number of residents have rung and written to the Timaru District Council, which has issued an abatement notice to Rooneys, stating the trucks must desist from Monday and apply for an urgent resource consent.

Resident Joe Harris says trucks travelling up and down the road have increased from three a day to nearly 30 a day.

"It is very ironic the council is worrying about signs on the side of the road but ignoring this. We all moved here for the peace and quiet," he said.

Resident Stephen Walker said truck drivers were inconsiderate, driving quickly with full loads.

Alan Martin had emailed mayor Damon Odey.

"It is like living on the approaches of Shanghai Airport while it is being constructed."

Residents felt the council had been slow to act as it was a customer of the earthmoving firm.

The trucks are carrying clay to the council's milli-screening plant.

Residents Lea Hullett and Nick O'Brien no longer walk their ponies and donkeys along the road as they don't feel safe.

"We would have thought the council should have first demanded consultation with the people on Rolling Ridges Rd and the number of trucks and time of day would have been restricted to allow ratepayers to continue the quality of life we are accustomed to."

Council regulatory services manager Chris English said the council met with Rooneys Earthmoving on Tuesday afternoon.

"The council have issued an abatement notice that takes effect on Monday. In the meantime they will apply for a temporary resource consent for 90 days. This will be heard by a commissioner as we are the beneficiary of this activity. The decision should be made by the end of the week."

Mr English said the consent would be processed more quickly than normal consents.

"It is an urgent situation that needs to be resolved and also it is only of a temporary nature and will affect people for a limited life. We also already have a lot of information about the area because of the quarry."

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- The Timaru Herald

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