Gladstone seal hopes sink

It seems the residents of Gladstone Rd South will have to put up with a dusty, unsealed road for some years yet.

A request to seal the East Taieri road has been sent back to a council subcommittee to clarify its priority, after Dunedin City Council staff said it did not meet the criteria for either sealing or dust suppression.

A brief report to councillors followed several requests for sealing from residents of the road, including a petition, submitted during the 2013-14 draft annual plan process.

The report from transportation operations programme engineer Michael Harrison said the road was included in a seal extension report in 2010 and did not meet the criteria on initial review.

That was to be reviewed, but a moratorium on new seal extensions was introduced in the meantime.

It was assessed for dust suppression in 2008-09, but did not meet the criteria then, and was unlikely to now, given the houses on the road were still in the same locations back off the road, Mr Harrison told councillors deliberating on what to include in the 2013-14 annual plan.

It was not expected, even after review, that the road would displace any of the nine sites remaining on the suspended seal extension list, he said.

The road was placed 12th on the list.

If the accepted programme list received approval of funding, it would take 10 years to seal the nine listed roads.

Councillors agreed to send the matter to a councillor committee of Andrew Noone, Kate Wilson and Colin Weatherall, who met once a year to set sealing priorities.

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