Another chance to air road views

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A further public meeting for Tamahere residents to discuss the Southern Links road network proposal and to gauge community feeling about it is to be held.

The meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, July 12 in the Tamahere Community Centre, hosted by concerned Tamahere resident Andrew Gibson.

“The meeting will be an informal affair where the gathered residents can air their views and possibly frustration,” Gibson said.

“An outcome may result in a committee being formed to progress the issue further. If there is little or no interest I will let the matter rest.”

Gibson, who attended the public meeting called by the Tamahere Community Committee on the issue last week, said he was “shocked at the attitude of the planners in that few people had any prior knowledge of the existence of these plans.

“Even today many residents don’t know what’s happening or have been contacted by either the developers, planners or, indeed, the council.” See an account of the earlier meeting here.

Around 175 people attended last week’s meeting and showed their opposition to three proposed routes cutting through Tamahere by voting overwhelmingly for a tentative fourth, south of Tamahere.

Mr Gibson said his property is not directly affected by the roading plan “so I can be free from the NIMBY [not in my back yard] accusations.

“My concern is that we don’t have a super highway planned that will cut through the heart of this community in the future.”

The Southern Links project is a joint project of the Hamilton City Council and the NZ Transport Agency. It aims to create well-connected state highway and urban arterial routes linking State Highway 1 from Kahikatea Drive to the Waikato Expressway at Tamahere, and State Highway 3 from the airport to central and east Hamilton.

Click here for more detail on the proposals and for a feedback form.

Click here for NZTA information on Southern Links.

Click here for a resident’s account of an historic area of Tamahere affected by the road proposal.

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