Plans to widen Riccarton Rd have become an ''obsession'' and
should be scrapped, a Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board member
The comments came as the board's submission to the Dunedin
City Council on its 2014-15 draft annual plan, calling on it
to get on with the project, was discussed at the latest
The council plans to widen and strengthen Riccarton Rd to
improve its safety and is working through land purchases for
Board members Blackie Catlow and Maurice Prendergast
questioned the merits of the work, with Mr Prendergast voting
against the board's submission.
Mr Prendergast said Riccarton Rd had turned into an
''obsession'' and was an attempt to make the road an
''arterial route by stealth''.
Other roads were just as unsafe.
''It is in no more need of [fixing] than Gordon Rd North,
where the logging trucks thunder down a narrow part with the
cyclists and horses.''
There were also issues with safety on Wingatui Rd.
''I'm not trying to debate it. I'm on a losing end of an
argument here. I am just going to register my vote against
Mr Catlow, who along with other board members was in favour
of the board's submission to the council, questioned both the
need for the project and how long it was taking to progress.
''We [need to] either sort the thing out within a reasonable
time-span or we don't support it,'' he said.
The present situation left uncertainty for Riccarton Rd
residents and was ''creating a lot of worries all over the
Chairman Bill Feather said the submission was about making
sure council got its act together.
''The latest agreed plan, I believe, is drifting and the
purpose of this submission is to bring that plan back on
• The road is to be widened by up to 4m along a 4.2km stretch
from Gladstone Rd to State Highway 87.
The $2.6 million upgrade was approved by the council in 2011.