Com­mu­ni­ca­tion lack­ing over ru­ral road works

Franklin County News - - Opinion -

Coun­try­side, con­sid­er­a­tion, cour­tesy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­sul­ta­tion and com­mon sense.

Franklin District Coun­cil has for­got­ten the mean­ing of th­ese words al­though they fre­quently use them.

There are ma­jor road works hap­pen­ing through­out the district and, al­though I am one of those peo­ple who have this hap­pen­ing on my bound­ary, I have had no con­tact from the coun­cil.

There are very dif­fer­ent needs of ru­ral landown­ers from those of res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

Stock con­cerns are an ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ence but there are also the pol­lu­tion of land and wa­ter in ru­ral sit­u­a­tions that should be taken into ac­count.

Peo­ple live in the ru­ral dis­tricts so as not to have traf­fic prob­lems and the as­so­ci­ated pol­lu­tion from the vol­ume of traf­fic that finds its way from road run-off on to our lands and into our creeks.

Per­haps it is for­got­ten that peo­ple eat the crops, drink the milk, fish for eels and col­lect the wa­ter­cress from what should be pol­lu­tion-free coun­try­side.

I, for one, have se­ri­ous safety con­cerns when the road­side verges and drains are taken away in road widen­ing.

The traf­fic flow is then faster and the in­ci­dences of driv­ers los­ing con­trol and crash­ing through fences and hedges al­low stock to get out on the road in­creases.

The re­sults could well be fa­tal.

Don’t blame road

On read­ing your front page on March 12 about the hor­ren­dous car crash on Buck­land Rd, I see the com­ment of a nearby res­i­dent that ‘‘the cor­ner is dodgy at the best of times’’. I dis­agree, I travel that road on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

I have said this be­fore and I will say it again.

‘‘Do not blame the road, it is fine and well marked.’’

Blame driv­ers who are very ir­re­spon­si­ble. Come on peo­ple, when are you go­ing to wake up and be re­spon­si­ble?

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