No plans to take over North Road

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Na­tional Roads Board has no plans to take over the con­trol of the North Road, the Min­is­ter of Works, Mr. Allen, has told the Te Kao District High School Par­ent Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion by let­ter.

Even if the board did so, it did not mean that ad­di­tional funds would be al­lo­cated for im­prove­ments to the road, as the board had to meet many other ur­gent com­mit­ments to ex­ist­ing state high­ways, said Mr. Allen.

“While the main­te­nance of the road is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the con­trol­ling author­ity, which is the Man­gonui County Coun­cil, it is over to the coun­cil to de­cide the type of plant to keep in its lo­cal­ity for the work, but this is a point which your as­so­ci­a­tion could well dis­cuss with the lo­cal body.

“The board does un­der­stand that this road is dif­fi­cult to main­tain, and for this rea­son main­te­nance by the county is sub­sidised on a very lib­eral ba­sis. I feel sure that when funds can be made avail­able for fur­ther im­prove­ments the board will agree to pay the greater part of the costs.

“Funds es­ti­mated to be avail­able in the com­ing fi­nan­cial year have been al­lo­cated, and con­se­quently there is no money avail­able for al­lo­ca­tions at present.

“The board will be re­view­ing its fi­nan­cial po­si­tion when it deals with the es­ti­mates in June, and the case of the North Road will be con­sid­ered again at that time,” wrote Mr. Allen.

The as­so­ci­a­tion will meet to con­sider Mr. Allen’s let­ter to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

— March 12, 1968

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