Hats off to the Far North District Council for finally listening to the public and removing the bench seats from outside the toilets in Marino Court, Kaikohe.
I was delighted when I saw a lovely space.
I have been so sick of encountering teenage boys milling round the toilet doors and sitting on the seat intended for old or tired ladies who wouldn’t or couldn’t go near it because of feeling intimidated.
The seats are now grouped with the others in the centre of the green and I saw a whole family group sitting round playing music,singing and eating and enjoying them as they should be used.
It’s coming to something when shopkeepers, dairy owners and local businesses will have to apply for Government funding to make their businesses safe.
The $1.8 million grant mentioned by Police Minister Paula Bennett won’t go very far.
I believe that incentives should be offered for information leading to the apprehension of offenders.
If and when offenders are caught, instead of taking a soft line approach, send them to a young offenders camp which could be operated as part of the prison service.
Give them a taste of what will be in store for them in a prison environment if they continue down their chosen path.
I think 80kmh on Kapiro Rd is better. It is very bendy at the intersection of Purerua and Kapiro roads. There are many kids that get on and off the school buses on the road. It should be the same as Waipapa Rd.
I would like to support the reduction in the speed limit to 80 kmh.
Prior to the construction of the footpath and cycleway on Waipapa Rd, I preferred to cycle on Kapiro Rd, as despite the higher speed limit, the road was wider.
Now however we have a relatively narrow rural road with increased traffic. Lower the limit to 80 kmh now.
We have always been concerned about the speed limit [on Kapiro Rd] and have discussed it with our neighbours.
They said it has been raised with the council over the years but nothing has happened.
It is often clear by the sound of the vehicles that they are exceeding 100kmh. My wife and I regularly exercise but we have stopped doing that on Kapiro Rd because of safety concerns.
We now drive to other safer roads. Why do Waipapa and Kerikeri roads have 80kmh but not Kapiro? Kapiro Rd is much narrower and the orchards and high shelter breaks make it much more dangerous.
You have to be very careful when pulling out of your drive.
We were appalled the council had considered making it 80kmh in 2014 after having an assessment and safety audit done, but the council’s infrastructure committee declined the application to reduce the speed limit. We totally support having the speed limit lowered to 80kmh.
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Patricia says offenders should be given a taste of prison life.