Bat­tle for ser­vices town sign lost to NZTA

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A re­quest for more road signs de­signed to ‘‘bring Toko­roa out of the shad­ows’’ was de­clined by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil ap­plied for a ser­vice sign on SH1 with the intention of ad­ver­tis­ing what Toko­roa had to of­fer. Groups man­ager as­sets Ted An­der­sen said the pro­posal was de­clined.

The agency stated in a let­ter that mo­torist ser­vice signs must not be erected on the ap­proaches to com­mu­ni­ties, to ad­ver­tise ser­vices in those com­mu­ni­ties.

Other parts of the district in­clud­ing Oko­roire had signs but An­der­sen said his was be­cause they were tourist des­ti­na­tions.

An­der­sen asked the com­mit­tee if it was worth the fight.

Coun­cil­lor Marin Glu­cina be­lieved Toko­roa had been left in the dark.

‘‘ Go­ing through Toko­roa at night, you have no idea you’ve come through,’’ he said.

Glu­cina said there should be an il­lu­mi­nated sign in the cen­tral busi­ness district. But Mag­ill said it would be ob­vi­ous for trav­ellers from the lights on SH1.

‘‘You have an idea of be­ing in a rea­son­ably sized town,’’ he said.

Coun­cil­lor Adri­enne Bell con­cluded ‘‘time equals money’’ and de­cided it was not worth­while.

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