De­lays to speed limit frus­trate

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By HARKAN­WAL SINGH

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.’’

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