Upgrade concerns residents

A Riccarton Rd, East Taieri, resident believes the timing of reports on upgrading the road means there is not time to make submissions on the issue to the Dunedin City Council.
Former Mosgiel Taieri Community Board member Brian Miller said a letter received by Riccarton Rd and Dukes Rd residents recently promising the public release of a council report with budgeting and timing issues in mid-May meant residents could not make submissions at annual plan meetings next week.

The letter said the council had limited information available on how the upgrade would affect each property in detail.

Mr Miller has questioned whether the timing complies with the annual plan process.

‘‘What's the point of the annual plan if they add bits in at a later date?''

Riccarton Rd is to be upgraded after a council decision to use it, and three other roads, as part of the arterial roading network for the Taieri.

The decision has brought longrunning opposition from residents, who are concerned about an increase in heavy traffic, and resulting safety issues.

Council transportation manager Mike Costelloe said residents still had the opportunity to make submissions on the project at annual plan hearings next week, and he understood some were.

While he would like to be able to provide all information straight away, it was not possible, he said.

Infrastructure services committee chairman Andrew Noone said changes to the arterial routes had been in the annual plan for three years, and residents had been able to make submissions.

He said consultation on the details was more likely to be face-to-face rather than public.

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