STOCK ON ROADS
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.