A bridge of the future

LETTER

Heritage NZ has accorded both the Gladstone Road and Peel Street bridges Category 2 status. That is, they are deemed to be “historic places of historical or cultural significance or value”, and not Category 1 — “historic places of special or outstanding historical or cultural significance or value”.

It is also interesting to note that “entry on Rarangi Korero/the list is a recognition tool and does not in itself prevent places being altered”.

This will explain why the alterations to the Peel Street Bridge raised little if any controversy when, as Rarangi Korero states, “in 1977 the concrete handrails were removed and replaced with galvanised steel rails to increase the visibility for motorists and to reduce the dead load on the bridge”.

Therefore, I wholeheartedly concur with the views of T. and B. Brown and Barbara Barwick in their recent letters to the editor.

Gisborne District Council documents refer to the bridge currently about to be modified as the NZTA Gladstone Road Bridge. Perhaps, therefore, GDC could tell us if they are prepared to seize this singular opportunity on behalf of their citizens to lobby the NZ Transport Agency for the removal of the tonnes of aesthetically-unremarkable concrete handrails on both sides that I suggest have no “historical or cultural significance or value”, in order to enhance the beauty of our river views as per the “Peel Street Bridge treatment”, and if not, why not?

Derek J. Allan

Heritage NZ has accorded both the Gladstone Road and Peel Street bridges Category 2 status. That is, they are deemed to be “historic places of historical or cultural significance or value”, and not Category 1 — “historic places of special or outstanding historical or cultural significance or value”.

It is also interesting to note that “entry on Rarangi Korero/the list is a recognition tool and does not in itself prevent places being altered”.

This will explain why the alterations to the Peel Street Bridge raised little if any controversy when, as Rarangi Korero states, “in 1977 the concrete handrails were removed and replaced with galvanised steel rails to increase the visibility for motorists and to reduce the dead load on the bridge”.

Therefore, I wholeheartedly concur with the views of T. and B. Brown and Barbara Barwick in their recent letters to the editor.

Gisborne District Council documents refer to the bridge currently about to be modified as the NZTA Gladstone Road Bridge. Perhaps, therefore, GDC could tell us if they are prepared to seize this singular opportunity on behalf of their citizens to lobby the NZ Transport Agency for the removal of the tonnes of aesthetically-unremarkable concrete handrails on both sides that I suggest have no “historical or cultural significance or value”, in order to enhance the beauty of our river views as per the “Peel Street Bridge treatment”, and if not, why not?

Derek J. Allan

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