The Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board has again urged the
Dunedin City Council to get on with improving Riccarton Rd,
saying it is even more of a priority now the council has
agreed to allow 50-tonne trucks on local roads.
The board made the plea in its submission to the Dunedin City
Council on its 2014-15 draft annual plan.
The only other subject the board submitted on was
the new Mosgiel Pool project. The council plans to widen and
strengthen Riccarton Rd to improve its safety, and is working
through land purchases to that end.
The board's urging comes despite members receiving an email
from former board member Brian Miller, a resident of
Riccarton Rd, asking them not to support the council's
continued work on the road.
Mr Miller is one of four landowners along the stretch who
have declined to sell part of their land to the council for
He says the council's offer to him was unacceptable given the
negative effects the project would cause to his business and
the value of his property, and he was refusing to take part
in any further negotiations.
He told board members it was their choice to support the
upgrade of the road, which would close his business, or
choose to disassociate itself.
However, board chairman Bill Feather said the board had urged
the council for the past several years to get on with
upgrading Riccarton Rd and would continue to do so given the
safety concerns about the road's present condition were a
serious issue for the community.
He said the board had no comment to make about Mr Miller.
Council roading projects engineer Evan Matheson said the
council intended to do the widening work in stages, starting
from the School Rd/Outram end, with construction of the first
stretch due to be done by mid-2015.
The project was running behind schedule because of the need
to complete land negotiations.
The property owners still not making their land available had
land on the stretch between Bush Rd and Gladstone Rd, which
did not prevent the council from starting the first stage of
the work, he said.
Staff were still trying to work with the landowners unwilling
to sell at this stage; there were still about six to seven
years before that section of the road was scheduled for an
If negotiations ultimately failed, the council could use
powers available under the Public Works Act to take the land
from landowners, but it was ''not even close'' to considering
that, Mr Matheson said.
The board's submission on the council's next annual budget
said the board was concerned the proposed work was not
proceeding within the timeframes previously announced.
''The recently announced amendments to commercial vehicle
weight limits we see intensifying the concern of road user
safety over this and other roads across the Taieri.
''The board urges more urgency be given to completing this
road enhancement programme.''
The road is mostly used by cars, with about 6% usage by heavy
vehicles skirting around Mosgiel.
It was a popular road and required upgrading for safety.
Mr Matheson said the council would not be promoting the
upgraded road as a heavy traffic bypass.