Speed rebuff earns ire

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An extremely concerned Tamahere Community Committee is urging residents to make submissions on a review of local road speed limits.

At its March meeting, the committee learned that its request to the Waikato District Council for the speed limit to be reduced to 80km/h for a section of Tauwhare Rd from SH 1 to just east of Woodcock Rd had been turned down.

Cr Wally Hayes said community concern about the 100km/hr speed limit on the stretch of road went back a decade.

“It’s been a priority of this community [to have the speed reduced] since 2004,” he said.

The committee will make a submission on the review and urged concerned residents to do the same by the deadline of 4pm, March 21. Details are here on the Waikato District Council website.

Under the review, speed limit reductions have been proposed for Day Road to 80km/hr, and for Cherry Lane, Bollard Road and Sanctuary Lane to 70km/hr. The review recommended no change to Tauwhare Rd.

Expressway impact

Tamahere Drive residents continue to be concerned about the impact of the Waikato Expressway on them and others who use their road, the committee heard.

Among concerns raised with the council are a lack of information about the expected increase in traffic on Tamahere Drive when the expressway is completed, the safety of children who walk along the road, particularly in peak traffic when they are boarding or alighting from school buses, as well as the safety of the many locals who use Tamahere Drive for recreational activities such as walking and cycling. The road has no footpaths or cycleways.

There is also concern over greater congestion in the future at the Tamahere Drive/Airport Road roundabout where congestion is already an issue, particularly in the morning rush hour.

Road names

The recent appeal for a pool of road names that could be drawn upon by subdivision developers has had some success.

Names suggested are Tom Hill, Richard Pick, Herbert, Anderson, Jim Thompson, Walter Bern, Barry Bern, Masters, Selby, Mamaku Lane, Kahikatea Place, Titoki Lane, Lancewood Lane, Totara Place, Maplewood Road, and Willowglen Road.

For copies of the Tamahere Community Committee’s meeting minutes in full click here.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the committee is on April 14, 7.30pm in the Tamahere Community Centre. The committee’s meetings are open to the public. Locals who want to raise topics for discussion at the meeting are advised to contact secretary Maggie Wilcock so the item can be included on the agenda.

Click here to email Maggie Wilcock.

Contact details for all committee members are here.

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