Delays to speed limit frustrate
Matamata couple Chas and Barbara Falconer are enraged by the ‘‘ mini earthquake’’ their house suffers each time a truck uses Burwood Rd.
In response to the frontpage story in the Matamata Chronicle last week, the couple has come forward to express their anguish with the delay in changing the speed limit from 70kmh to 50kmh.
Mrs Falconer initiated a meeting with MatamataPiako District Council late last year to discuss the problem.
‘‘ The roading manager at the time arrogantly said ‘I don’t actually have to be here’ and then told us the speed limit wasn’t the concern of the council, that we needed to talk to the police about it,’’ Mrs Falconer said.
Thirty Burwood Rd people signed a petition at the time, addressing their concerns over house shaking due to traffic.
‘‘My daughter was visiting last week from Australia. She came out the other morning and said ‘ oh my god, was that an earthquake?’ It was a truck going past,’’ Mrs Falconer said.
Matamata-Piako District Council chief executive Don McLeod said the issue would be best addressed at a meeting with Burwood Rd people, to discuss all their concerns.
‘‘ We intend to invite all residents to a meeting as soon as a suitable date and time is set. We also intend to have the police attend this meeting.’’
But Mr Falconer said he felt residents would be ignored again.
‘‘If we park our cars down the road and block it, which I am quite happy to do, then we may get some action. I think they are elected by us and yet they are not listening to us.’’
Mrs Falconer said Burwood Rd was one of Matamata’s best streets and it was being ruined. ‘‘Very shortly there is going to be a hell of an accident and somebody is going to get killed.’’