Consider child safety too

LETTER

I was interested to read that Mayor Meng Foon has decided that pedestrian crossings are the safe way to cross the roads in Gisborne. He feels that they are required mostly in the CBD to assist shoppers and of course the tourists.

How about outside the schools on busy roads?

I sat and watched one morning recently as many youngsters struggled to cross the Rutene Rd/De Lautour Rd roundabout in peak-hour traffic.

I heard cars tooting as these small members of our community made their way to school. No crossing, no safe place to make it to the middle of the road. To top this off a three-trailer, fully-loaded logging truck joined the traffic coming down past the school during this peak-hour time.

According to the council call centre “logging trucks can go anywhere they like”.

I was under the misapprehension that the trucks bearing the H stickers were not permitted to “go wherever they like”.

While I am sure that the tourists and shoppers will be grateful for crossings in the CBD, I feel that it is about time this council stopped toadying to the tourists and started caring about the community of Gisborne.

I can only hope that the money given to this city by the Government is not going to be spent on walkways, cycleways or the ever-increasing number of statues here.

Come on you councillors, it is time you started looking after the average Joe Bloggs instead of the tourists.

Sue Clifton

I was interested to read that Mayor Meng Foon has decided that pedestrian crossings are the safe way to cross the roads in Gisborne. He feels that they are required mostly in the CBD to assist shoppers and of course the tourists.

How about outside the schools on busy roads?

I sat and watched one morning recently as many youngsters struggled to cross the Rutene Rd/De Lautour Rd roundabout in peak-hour traffic.

I heard cars tooting as these small members of our community made their way to school. No crossing, no safe place to make it to the middle of the road. To top this off a three-trailer, fully-loaded logging truck joined the traffic coming down past the school during this peak-hour time.

According to the council call centre “logging trucks can go anywhere they like”.

I was under the misapprehension that the trucks bearing the H stickers were not permitted to “go wherever they like”.

While I am sure that the tourists and shoppers will be grateful for crossings in the CBD, I feel that it is about time this council stopped toadying to the tourists and started caring about the community of Gisborne.

I can only hope that the money given to this city by the Government is not going to be spent on walkways, cycleways or the ever-increasing number of statues here.

Come on you councillors, it is time you started looking after the average Joe Bloggs instead of the tourists.

Sue Clifton

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