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News Pensioners plead for help „„ By Emily O’Connell REST HOME residents are again pleading for noisy trucks to be banned from Lodestar Ave. A Lady Wigram Retirement Village resident wrote a letter to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board which was discussed last week. The letter was asking for action to be taken so they could enjoy some “peace and quiet.” Halswell Ward city councillor Anne Galloway (left) asked the board what more they could do to support the progress. Community board chairman Mike Mora said they are supporting the progress by receiving the letter and referring it to city council staff for feedback. Cr Galloway said the Lady Wigram residents are “very upset with how the issue has transpired.” The Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2017, which would give the city council the ability to restrict heavy vehicles on certain roads,

NOISY: A large container truck on Lodestar Ave, Wigram. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER ​ will go to the city council on Thursday for approval. If the bylaw is approved, the city council will then consider placing a restriction on Lodestar Ave. When asked again this week 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



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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 using all tools available to us to manage these,” she said. Three weeks ago Cr Galloway told Western News she doubted


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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 Cr Galloway tempered 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. Last week Cr Galloway said 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. Lady Wigram Retirement Village residents 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.

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In Brief NO-STOPPING PLANS The Halswell-HornbyRiccarton Community Board has decided to create six new no-stopping locations. The restrictions will 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. . . . AND BUS STOPS The community board has also decided to approve four new bus stops in Wigram. They will be located on the No 100 bus route. The locations are Deal St, The Runway, Corsair Drive and Keene St. BELGIUM GRANT A Christchurch Girls’ High student is off to Belgium for a year with the help of the Rotary Club of Avonhead. Year 13 student Aoife Hyland will take part in the Rotary youth exchange. Rotary club president John Wanty said the it will provide Aoife with $1100 towards the exchange. She will leave for Belgium on January 9.

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