In December a year ago, the road safety intersection upgrade of Belk Rd/SH29 should have been completed as the fine planning, property purchase and community consultation was completed. It was the very best example of working together with the NZTA and the people.
But before the work could be started a consent was required from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
For over a year the regional council stuffed around. They stuffed around just over a metre to be added to an existing culvert, in order to give a safer left-hand turn into Belk Rd.
What a shameful decision consenting process we have endured for a year. Then without telling the community NZTA has thrown in the towel on the pretext of cost and that the road will not be needed in the future.
Not that anyone can give a timeline and, in the meantime, people will continue to risk their lives getting on to and exiting SH29. How on earth can a community have confidence in a system that takes forever to make a decision. I refuse to accept such gross incompetence. It is just not good enough. The community deserves better.
Same property, higher rates
New valuations only mean one thing - a rates increase.
Valuations will be used to calculate the share of rates.
"Improved value to the land or buildings or other structural improvements in the last three months." We haven't done any of these so why has this been increased?
We are paying extra rates for something we haven't done.
How do they know what people have or have not done to their properties? Has anyone been round to check? (Abridged)
Unsafe highway dividing community
On December 10 (Local News, November 19) new bus services will be introduced for the Western Bay of Plenty.
We desperately need to increase bus patronage as the roads are becoming increasingly congested and our current use of buses is low and declining.
The transport planners at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have been responding to community requests and trying hard to provide a bus stop for the several thousand residents of Whakamarama and Plummers Pt.
We should be able to catch either the Omokoroa/Tauranga or Katikati/Tauranga bus services, a total of nine buses each way per day.
Unfortunately due to the nature of SH2 it has proved impossible to provide a safe bus stop.
We will be forced to watch the near-empty subsidised buses drive past without stopping.
The highway is not fit for purpose. We can not walk, cycle, catch a bus or safely drive through the SH2 intersections.
The highway divides our community as there is no safe way to cross.
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