Bylaw to regulate roadside activities

Proposed changes to the Waitaki District Council's roading bylaw will prohibit storing baleage...
Proposed changes to the Waitaki District Council's roading bylaw will prohibit storing baleage and other stock feed along road verges. Photo by Waitaki District Council.
Farmers using road verges to store stock feed including baleage, machinery or other items could find the practice prohibited under changes proposed by the Waitaki District Council to its roading bylaw, unless they get a permit.

That is one of a number of changes, aimed at protecting and making the district's roads safer, which also include toughening up on spills on roads, including faecal matter and mud, controls on temporary fencing, private irrigation lines and bus shelters, tree planting on verges and safe use of footpaths by scooters, skateboards and mobility scooters.

The bylaw applies to roads and activities within the road corridor throughout the district and is focused on providing a safe environment for all road users.

Roading manager Michael Voss said the review was to promote a safe environment and effectively regulate pedestrian, animal and traffic movements within the rural and urban roads and roadsides in the district.

''Safety is our key concern. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should be able to go about their daily business in the road corridor without being caught out by the carelessness of others,'' he said.

Changes in the review were primarily aimed at making the bylaw easier to understand and more specific, enabling effective enforcement.

''One key issue is mud, earth and animal manure being deposited on and around roads as a result of farming and other activities. Those responsible can be fined under the reviewed bylaw and are liable for the costs to clean up the mess.''

A section stipulates a permit will be needed for storing any items on any road, including baleage, hay, agricultural machinery, shipping containers and temporary buildings.

The bylaw also addressed safety concerns in towns, with controls on ladders and scaffolding on footpaths, and considerate use of mobility scooters. An amendment has been made to allow wheelie rubbish bins to be left out overnight.

Other changes cover closing roads for events (applications will now have to be made 55 days before rather than 42 days) and situations where traffic delays could be caused (applications 10 days before instead of five days).

The council reviewed the controls on stock crossings in 2011 and speed limits 2012 and the outcomes from submissions were included in the draft bylaw.

Submissions on the draft bylaw close on May 10 and will be considered by the council before final decisions are made on August 13.

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