Plea for access way

Cheryl Pearson, of East Taieri, walks dog Lucy on the Elizabeth Ave land where she wants an...
Cheryl Pearson, of East Taieri, walks dog Lucy on the Elizabeth Ave land where she wants an access way to Riccarton Rd built. Photo by Linda Robertson.
An access way is needed to save dog walkers and cyclists having to cross the ''dreadfully'' busy and dangerous State Highway 1 at East Taieri, a concerned resident says.

Elizabeth Ave resident Cheryl Pearson said many motorists ignored the 60kmh speed limit on Main South Rd and she had to cross the state highway eight times to take her dogs on their daily walk to Riccarton Rd.

Ms Pearson had lived in Elizabeth Ave for 26 years.

The traffic on Main South Rd had increased significantly in that time and the wait to cross the highway was often long.

''It is awful. Just dreadful.''

She wants an access way built between the end of Elizabeth Ave and Riccarton Rd for pedestrians, cyclists and East Taieri School pupils.

Of the 27 households in Elizabeth Ave, 21 had signed a document supporting the access way construction.

The land the access way would need to be built on was being subdivided for sale and, believing the land was owned by the New Zealand Transport Agency, Ms Pearson contacted it in February with the proposal.

Last month, the agency told her to contact the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board, and she had spoken to the board at one of its meetings.

The response from the board was positive and the access way proposal would be on the agenda at the next meeting, she said.

Dunedin city councillor Kate Wilson said the board, the agency and city council staff were to discuss access way options.

The land at the end of Elizabeth Ave was taken by the agency under the Public Works Act but was never used and was returned to landowners.

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