Roundabout’s future not rosy; residents irked

Wanaka’s Anderson Rd roundabout has had  a garden makeover which has upset some residents. Photo:...
Wanaka’s Anderson Rd roundabout has had a garden makeover which has upset some residents. Photo: Kerrie Waterworth
Wanaka's Anderson Rd roundabout has had a garden makeover but  some Wanaka residents are not happy about it.

Queenstown Lakes District Council communications and marketing adviser Sam White said the Wanaka office had received complaints about the removal of the roses that had been a feature of the roundabout and, for many,  a landmark as  drivers entered the town.  Mr White said some complainants had wanted the roses to remain but "they had a fungal disease which  precluded the possibility of pruning in the first instance".

There was also an issue with the previous beds of carpet roses which had grown too high and  caused a safety issue, he said.

"The traffic flow on the roundabout has increased markedly over the past few years and the safety of our team maintaining the gardens is a priority."

Mr White confirmed replanting came about partly  because of  feedback from the public via Council’s Request for Service (RFS) facility. The new plants on the roundabout were astelia, lavender, erica, bergenia, sedum and nandina. They were chosen because they fitted  with existing planting on the nearby Brownston  St  roundabout,  were low-maintenance and  would not grow high enough to obscure drivers’ vision, Mr White said.

Residents  could expect the team to monitor the planting monthly for weeds with some cutting back once a year, he said.

kerrie.waterworth@odt.co.nz

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