Bypass initiative welcome

LETTER

Congratulations Gisborne Holdings Ltd for taking the initiative to action a long-overdue feasibility study into a heavy vehicle bypass for our city. Comments made by a councillor recently show that he hasn’t actually studied the Holmes report in any depth.

From what I can see, the proposed route has very little negative impact on residential homes, and would improve the safety and quality of life for our people — particularly children and the elderly.

Perhaps councillors/administrators could walk the route themselves to ensure they have all the facts before they throw cold water on one option to remove the increasing number of trucks from our urban streets.

Maybe, just maybe, the indifference by the councillors/administration to the Holmes report is just, as some suggest, sour grapes.

This city needs forward thinking and committed leaders — roll on the elections!

E. Sullivan

Congratulations Gisborne Holdings Ltd for taking the initiative to action a long-overdue feasibility study into a heavy vehicle bypass for our city. Comments made by a councillor recently show that he hasn’t actually studied the Holmes report in any depth.

From what I can see, the proposed route has very little negative impact on residential homes, and would improve the safety and quality of life for our people — particularly children and the elderly.

Perhaps councillors/administrators could walk the route themselves to ensure they have all the facts before they throw cold water on one option to remove the increasing number of trucks from our urban streets.

Maybe, just maybe, the indifference by the councillors/administration to the Holmes report is just, as some suggest, sour grapes.

This city needs forward thinking and committed leaders — roll on the elections!

E. Sullivan

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Don Miller, Picton - 13 days ago
Have you walked the route from Kaiti Beach to the rifle range? If you have, did you notice anything unusual about the land the route would be crossing?

G R Webb - 13 days ago
The bypass route was rejected in the 1960s (at least as far as Customhouse Street) by the City Council and National Roads Board in favour of the present Awapuni Road route. From the Waikanae Stream crossing at Customhouse Street crossing the proposed road takes a significant high visible impact path in front of existing residential units and over the very pleasant Oneroa walkway. Additionally, the route would appear to run into conflict with Tupapa and cut a swath across the National Reserve that is the Cook Monument.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 13 days ago
A new heavy by-pass road would not be needed if the most common type of heavy vehicle was taken out of the equation. We lived in Ormond Road (near the hospital) for three years, and the continuous stream of logging trucks was using the road from 0600 to 1800 Monday to Friday.
If, as I have been advocating for a while, logs from south and west went straight to a consolidation yard in the Matawhero area and on to rail, none of those trucks would need to come into town at all. The harder part is what to do about trucks coming in from the north? They would still need to drop logs on the north side of the river as they do now, and then the logs could be railed on from there. This would likely produce two streams of logs on rail, but could become one train at Matawhero.
Has any idea of the cost of building the suggested road been mentioned? If the road is not needed, as I contend, then it would be a waste of money. I know certain interests don't like the idea of railing logs to Napier, but it makes sense in many ways.
Let's see some better suggestions of what to do and, dare I say, someone come out and agree with me?

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