No delay applying new street names

Schist Lane and Hosking Drive are about to go on the map in Cromwell.

The Cromwell Community Board considered a document this week on selecting names for new streets and roads in the district and then promptly put it into action, signing off on names for six new roads.

Central Otago District Council community development manager Paula Penno said the aim was to provide a renewed list of potential street, road and place names for Cromwell and surrounding communities, that could be referred to by developers, council staff, the community, and the board.

In the past, when developers or community members asked the board about new names, they had traditionally been directed to the council's list of unused road and street names for the district, which was made up from options gathered during a street naming competition in the 1970s and names from war memorials in the area.

Ms Penno said community groups, local historians, and iwi had an input into the new list of names.

She recommended the board adopt the report as a reference document and said it should remain an "open'' document so people could add to it.

Board members said it was an excellent document, which outlined the story and history behind existing street and road names.

It listed local identities and their claim to fame and also some generic names, including trees originally found in the district and equipment from the gold mining era.

Board chairman Neil Gillespie said he disagreed with council policy the road name should not be the same as an existing road name in the district.

"That's the biggest crock I've ever heard,'' he said.

The same name would have different significance in different parts of the district and he did not think names should be "ruled out'' because they were already in use within the Central Otago district.

With new technology being used these days, he did not think duplication of names would lead to confusion for emergency services.

The board agreed a new road in The Rise subdivision should be called Hosking Dr, after a family who were early settlers in Cromwell.

Roads within the Golden View Lifestyle retirement village, which is under construction, should be called Kanuka Dr, Willow Close, Agate Close, Schist Lane and Rowan Close, as requested by the developer, the board decided.

lynda.van.kempen@odt.co.nz

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