Coun­cil­lors should fall on swords over fail­ure to act on traf­fic noise

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - KEN GE­ORGE

A group of cit­i­zens re­cently made a sec­ond pe­ti­tion to Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil to re­duce traf­fic noise lev­els on a ma­jor traf­fic road cor­ri­dor in Te Awa­mutu.

Again coun­cil turned down our application and voted to do noth­ing.

An of­fi­cial coun­cil noise sur­vey done at night on Cam­bridge Road showed a gen­eral back­ground noise of 56 deci­bels and when one of the huge trucks now us­ing this cor­ri­dor went by the noise level went up to 65-70dB. And this hap­pened over 70 times in the night.

The con­nec­tion be­tween high road noise and the ef­fects on com­mu­nity health along these road cor­ri­dors has been known for over 20 years.

Even Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil ac­cepted it in the 2009-10 long term plan.

The fre­quency and high deci­bel noise on this road puts this road in the dan­ger level for com­mu­nity health.

Since coun­cil ac­cepted the link be­tween noise level and com­mu­nity health, noth­ing has been done on this prob­lem and noth­ing is planned in the new 10-Year Plan.

Coun­cil has a max­i­mum night time level of 40dB for Te Awa­mutu, but has with­drawn this level from the road cor­ri­dor com­mu­ni­ties.

In fact these road cor­ri­dor com­mu­ni­ties have no ac­cept­able noise lev­els max­i­mum at all.

This prob­lem should have been tack­led years ago. Three coun­cil­lors voted in favour of our pe­ti­tion and one other coun­cil­lor is hoping to have talks with staff to sort this mess out.

The amaz­ing thing was that se­nior staff ad­dressed coun­cil on our sub­mis­sions each time and told coun­cil noth­ing needed al­ter­ing.

For staff to tell coun­cil this risk to com­mu­nity health is OK is al­most un­be­liev­able.

Coun­cil­lors who voted to al­low this to con­tinue should re­mem­ber they are up for re­elec­tion soon. Any­body who puts vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and older cit­i­zens of the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties in this sit­u­a­tion one day longer than is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary should fall on their sword now.

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