Communication lacking over rural road works
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?