Dunblane drivers want driveways made exit-safer

Former mayor has clear message: entrance driveways to Rutene Road need fixing.

Former mayor has clear message: entrance driveways to Rutene Road need fixing.

FORMER deputy mayor Nona Aston took her “rebel gang” to the Road Transport Committee with a clear message: they want something done about the entrance driveways to Rutene Road at the Dunblane Rest Home and Village.

With her at the committee meeting were the four other drivers who regularly have to access Rutene Road from three driveways.

“This is my rebel gang,” she said.

“We are the car drivers in Dunblane.”

The three driveways went on to the “very, very busy Rutene Road,” she said.

Cars and trucks parked each side of the road, especially their side.

They all had good driving records, they were not stupid drivers and they had “all their marbles.”

To come out of the driveways was one of the most dangerous things anybody would have to do, she said.

“Somebody is going to get killed. We are in our 80s and 90s but we five don’t want to end up like that.”

“It is a really dangerous thing. It is outside a resthome and a resthome village. “

Elderly visitors

There were lots of visitors who were quite elderly themselves.

“I am begging you to think about it because, honestly, it's not funny."

Rest home manager Amanda Davis said access was also required for emergency vehicles. About six or seven car parks would need to be taken out.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager David Hadfield said the request would be transferred to the council’s assets and infrastructure committee. This would go into a lengthy list of other projects that people wanted addressed.

A major stormwater project was due to be done along the road this year, as well as a cycleway.

Nona Aston said she did not think they could wait a year.

Committee chairman Bill Burdett said there had to be due process.

“Nona, you know how slowly the council moves.”

She accepted that but this was not a very expensive thing.

“I know what due process is and it frustrates the bloody life out of me.” she said.

FORMER deputy mayor Nona Aston took her “rebel gang” to the Road Transport Committee with a clear message: they want something done about the entrance driveways to Rutene Road at the Dunblane Rest Home and Village.

With her at the committee meeting were the four other drivers who regularly have to access Rutene Road from three driveways.

“This is my rebel gang,” she said.

“We are the car drivers in Dunblane.”

The three driveways went on to the “very, very busy Rutene Road,” she said.

Cars and trucks parked each side of the road, especially their side.

They all had good driving records, they were not stupid drivers and they had “all their marbles.”

To come out of the driveways was one of the most dangerous things anybody would have to do, she said.

“Somebody is going to get killed. We are in our 80s and 90s but we five don’t want to end up like that.”

“It is a really dangerous thing. It is outside a resthome and a resthome village. “

Elderly visitors

There were lots of visitors who were quite elderly themselves.

“I am begging you to think about it because, honestly, it's not funny."

Rest home manager Amanda Davis said access was also required for emergency vehicles. About six or seven car parks would need to be taken out.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager David Hadfield said the request would be transferred to the council’s assets and infrastructure committee. This would go into a lengthy list of other projects that people wanted addressed.

A major stormwater project was due to be done along the road this year, as well as a cycleway.

Nona Aston said she did not think they could wait a year.

Committee chairman Bill Burdett said there had to be due process.

“Nona, you know how slowly the council moves.”

She accepted that but this was not a very expensive thing.

“I know what due process is and it frustrates the bloody life out of me.” she said.

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