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Decision looms on truck issue „„ By Emily O’Connell HALSWELL WARD city councillor Anne Galloway won’t say if she will use her influence to stop heavy trucks driving through residential streets in Wigram Skies. The Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2017, which would give the city council the ability to restrict heavy vehicles on certain roads, will go to the city council next week for approval. If the bylaw Anne is approved, Galloway the city council will then consider placing a restriction on Lodestar Ave. When asked specifically yesterday by Western News whether she will push for heavy trucks to be stopped, Cr Galloway would only say she’s been working with Wigram MP Megan Woods and city council staff “to address the concerns of all the residents who are impacted.” “I’ve reassured residents through emails, phone calls and visits that I am taking the concerns seriously and will be

NOISY: Large container trucks on Lodestar Ave in Wigram. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

using all tools available to us to manage these,” she said. Dr Woods and Cr Galloway met on Friday to discuss the issues on Lodestar Ave. Two weeks ago Cr Galloway told Western News she doubted the new bylaw will be of any use. “It seems that speed is the issue and the recommendation is for police to get more involved in monitoring this,” Cr Galloway said. But then Galloway tempered

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her stance, sending Western News an email saying the bylaw can work. “There definitely is still hope that it can be used to prevent heavy trucks along Lodestar. Staff cannot consider it as an option until it is passed,” Cr Galloway said. Cr Galloway is now saying she’s thrilled “things are moving so quickly” and she hopes the bylaw is passed. She said the city council’s

Heavy Vehicle Parking in Residential Area Policy is another tool which can be used to address the Lodestar Ave situation. One resident with a disabled daughter, who told Western News last week she will have to sell up, has now said she would stay if a restriction is placed on Lodestar Ave. Wanda Waites lives on the corner of Lodestar and Corsair Dr and said “the trucks are driving me mad.” They wake her daughter Tara up at 5am every day of the week. Cr Galloway visited Ms Waites on Thursday evening offering her reassurance. Ms Waites said the visit was “lovely” and she can see Cr Galloway is doing her best. Lady Wigram Retirement Village residents, which has also been campaigning to stop the trucks, said they get woken up at 4.30am. Retirement village residents have been lobbying since April when they met with Cr Galloway and Dr Woods asking for a bylaw to stop trucks being allowed to drive through Lodestar Ave. It’s a short cut to work sites in the area. •Readers react page 5


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In Brief WIGRAM BUS STOPS The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board will discuss whether to approve four new bus stops in Wigram at its meeting tonight. They would be located on the No 100 bus route. The proposed locations are Deal St, The Runway, Corsair Drive and Keene St. The city council staff recommendation is to approve the stops. HALSWELL XMAS TREE The Halswell Community Project is setting up a Christmas gift tree at the Halswell Hub on Halswell Rd. People can donate gifts and food items, which will be given to the City Mission to distribute to families in need at Christmas. Goods will be accepted from next week onwards. NO STOPPING PLANS At its meeting tonight, he Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board will discuss whether it is viable to create six new no stopping locations. The proposed restrictions would be on Gallaghan Close, Bibiana St, Mustang Ave, Milnebank St, Rushden Rise and Middlepark Rd and the Craven St roundabout. The streets are all either narrow or have limited visibility.

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