Battle for services town sign lost to NZTA
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.