STOCK ON ROADS

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

Pub­lic com­plaints about stray farm an­i­mals on lo­cal roads in Marl­bor­ough reached 700, or an av­er­age 140 a year, over the past five years, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by authorities. But farmers say the fig­ures re­late to un­con­trolled an­i­mals and not ones be­ing moved by stock­men. Data col­lected by coun­cil and Marl­bor­ough Roads in­cluded a range of in­ci­dents where mo­torists have col­lided with an­i­mals, to com­plaints from driv­ers ab out roads con­di­tions caused by ef­flu­ent from dairy herds and stock ve­hi­cles. The Marl­bor­ough District Coun­cil is cur­rently re­view­ing traf­fic by­laws around stock on lo­cal roads. A pro­posed by­law to be dis­cussed next month by coun­cil staff would see farmers re­quir­ing a per­mit to move stock along a lo­cal road. Fed­er­ated Farmers Marl­bor­ough has roundly crit­i­cised the by­law.

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