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Mayor Stoltz hears about Stout St speedsters

Mayor Rehette Stoltz says she gets complaints nearly every week about speeding vehicles at the museum end of Stout Street.

The mayor was speaking after Gisborne district councillors received a brief statement on the regional speed management plan in the monthly report of council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann.

The statement said 383 submissions had been received which showed “a lack of support for the broad-brush approach to speed changes”.

Instead, staff were recommending a more phased approach targeting areas such as schools, townships, a reduced area of the central business district, Makorori Beach, “recent high crash areas” and new growth areas such as Aerodrome Road and Cameron Road.

Mayor Stoltz said she was happy to see a more targeted approach to speed control being taken.

Hundreds of people had chatted to her and expressed concerns about the council’s blanket approach.

Speaking to staff, she said, “I urge you to take a quick look at this area in front of the museum in Stout Street.”

The statement said a more comprehensive summary of engagement would be provided to councillors in a separate report and the speed management plan would go to the council for approval in September.

Staff will present a new draft traffic and parking bylaw to councillors for public consultation in September.