Coun­cil wants feed­back on me­dian strip

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

‘‘It would be in­ter­est­ing to know what the pur­pose is. Be­ing a cof­fee shop, there’s a lot of talk but I don’t think any­one knows what the pri­mary goal of the trial is. If you are try­ing to push traf­fic fur­ther up SH 27 then ‘tick’.’’

Buck­man would like to have the me­dian strip to­ward Wa­haroa East Rd open. He was con­cerned about how fire crews would now get to some Broad­way busi­nesses in an emer­gency.

Man­ager of the i-Site, Sue Whit­ing, said the trial was work­ing ex­tremely well. ‘‘On our lit­tle cor­ner we see some pretty near misses, par­tic­u­larly peo­ple try­ing to drive through the slots, so we think it is work­ing ex­tremely well. The only thing that I think coun­cil needs to watch is that they have cre­ated traf­fic jams up SH27 and Firth St and Broad­way, how­ever at least it’s just a slow down of traf­fic in­stead of any­thing more con­cern­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t see prob­lems, cer­tainly in the mid­dle of the CBD. It’s just tak­ing peo­ple a lit­tle bit of time to think how they will fil­ter through other streets to get to where they are go­ing.’’

The coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, Adele Pre­ston, said the cost to im­ple­ment the trial was $3260.

Pre­ston said the coun­cil had re­ceived in­for­mal feed­back, but en­cour­aged peo­ple to pro­vide more for­mal feed­back up un­til Jan­uary 23 by vis­it­ing or fill­ing out a sur­vey, which are avail­able at any of the coun­cil of­fices or the li­brary. There is also one in­cluded in this edi­tion of the Chron­i­cle on page 9.

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