Eller­slie gets noise bar­ri­ers

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Fol­low­ing decades of de­lay Eller­slie mo­tor­way noise bar­ri­ers will be in­stalled in the mid­dle of the year.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Si­mon Bridges said on March 2 the bar­ri­ers would re­duce noise for Eller­slie res­i­dents.

‘‘I’m confident that the in­stal­la­tion of these noise bar­ri­ers will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the dis­tur­bance caused to res­i­dents by traf­fic noise from the mo­tor­way,’’ Bridges said.

‘‘They’re a good so­lu­tion that will make a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence.’’

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows years of lob­by­ing by the Eller­slie Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (ERA), the Orakei Lo­cal Board and the Eller­slie Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

Eller­slie res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion trea­surer Troy El­liot said he was pleased with the out­come. ‘‘We are hop­ing we will have the op­por­tu­nity to con­sult with NZTA, to have in­put into how the noise and pol­lu­tion is con­trolled,’’ El­liot said.

‘‘There has been a steady in­crease in noise over the last few years with more traf­fic on the mo­tor­way as Auck­land grows, but since the com­ple­tion of the fourth north­bound lane this noise has in­ten­si­fied dra­mat­i­cally,’’ El­liot said.

Orakei Lo­cal Board deputy chair Kit Parkin­son said the board was de­lighted with this re­sult. ‘‘The board has ad­vo­cated for this to hap­pen for a long time and it is ex­cel­lent that Eller­slie is get­ting what it needs fi­nally,’’ Parkin­son said.

In Novem­ber 2016 ERA secretary Bryce Bart­ley chal­lenged the Trans­port Min­is­ter to come to Eller­slie and ‘‘see for him­self’’ how bad the noise for res­i­dents was.

At the time Bart­ley called for im­me­di­ate ac­tion re­duce the im­pact mo­tor­way traf­fic noise.

In Oc­to­ber 2016 the ERA, Find­lay St and Hew­son St res­i­dents es­tab­lished a group cam­paign­ing for NZTA to erect noise bar­ri­ers.

Eller­slie Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion town cen­tre man­ager Me­gan Dar­row also sup­ported the ad­di­tion of sound bar­ri­ers. to of

‘‘Our vil­lage is the clos­est town cen­tre to a mo­tor­way which makes it highly ac­ces­si­ble, yet re­mains one of the few places where there are no sound bar­ri­ers,’’ Dar­row said.

Bridges said there were a num­ber of steps be­fore bar­ri­ers were put in place in­clud­ing safety as­sess­ments, con­sent­ing, consultation with ad­ja­cent landown­ers and de­sign.

MARY FITZGER­ALD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Min­is­ter of Trans­port Si­mon Bridges says Eller­slie sound bar­ri­ers will be in­stalled this year.

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