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Regarding Calls for ru­ral road­ing re­view Fe­bru­ary 20) - Maybe it should have been ti­tled ‘‘Rod­ney roads un­safe for bikes.’’ Here’s a so­lu­tion; just re­quire that these roads have bike paths. The Crown can then al­lo­cate some of the $333 mil­lion its spend­ing on bike paths to get them sealed as bi­cy­cles would not be able to safely nav­i­gate Rod­ney’s rot­ten metal roads. com­mu­nity viz. roads, water and sewage. They are the pri­or­i­ties, and most ru­ral dwellers in

Rod­ney have only roads within that list of ba­sics and are thereby sub­si­dis­ing the re­main­der, to a not in­con­sid­er­able de­gree. Any dreams such as multisport build­ings by Ms Houl­brooke and her co­horts come at the end of the bud­get if there is a sur­plus. The idea that a tar­geted levy should be used to ‘‘bring forward’’ parkn-ride fa­cil­i­ties is an ab­sur­dity – given the grid-lock fu­ture of our neigh­bour­ing city, any half de­cent lo­cal author­ity over­seas would have built the things years ago – prob­a­bly on time and on bud­get too. No, along with 90 per cent I won’t be wast­ing my time fill­ing in an­other sub­mis­sion form. By now most peo­ple who no­tice have re­alised they are only oblig­a­tory pub­lic re­la­tions fluff un­der­taken af­ter de­ci­sions have been made be­hind closed doors. If our Lo­cal Boards wish to in­sist $150 of what we al­ready pay, is popped into road seal­ing et al, I for one will not ob­ject.

Res­i­dents shouldn’t have to pay for road seal­ing, a res­i­dent says.

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