Nelson Leader : October 10th 2013
8 THE NELSON LEADER, OCTOBER 10, 2013 Successful campaigner: Arthur Miller is worried about the road safety on the Kawai and Tukuka streets intersection and would like to see the give way sign replaced with a stop sign. Photo: Marion van Dijk Council gives way to stop sign signs R oad safety campaigner Arthur Miller has just scored a success. Fearing someone will get badly hurt on the collision crossroads of Kawai and Tukuka streets, he called for the give way signs on Kawai St to be replaced with compulsory stop signs. He says the traffic going along Kawai St takes chances and doesn’t give way to vehicles going through Tukuka St. ‘‘It’s just a fatal accident waiting to happen. People don’t obey the give way signs.’’ He believes drivers will take more notice of compulsory stop signs and not chance their luck. A broken wall on the corner is evi- dence of a collision that happened last month, he says. He called for the Nelson City Council to act. ‘‘I’m not prepared to listen to excu- ses. Ratepayers have a right to have things made safe for them,’’ he says. The council agreed and has put up the stop signs. Nelson City Council manager com- munity relations Angela Ricker says a temporary detour is putting more traffic than normal down Kawai St as a result of the construction at Motueka St and Waimea Rd. ‘‘In light of the two recent crashes at the site we are installing two temporary stop signs at the intersection, and they will remain there while the detour is in place to help with road safety. ‘‘We will review the need for permanent stop signs after the detour has been removed.’’ Arthur is pleased and hopes the signs will remain permanently. He lives in Victory and uses the route regularly. He has previously had some suc- cess in his own neighbourhood lobbying for road markings and footpath repairs. He is keen on improving road safety. ‘‘I hope to help the police, they can’t be everywhere at once.’’ He has a sign on his car reminding drivers to drive safely. He reckons it works. ‘‘Cars back off.’’ Trust work appreciated Brett Johnson of the Guardian Trust was a welcome guest at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind office in Stoke. He manages the Hilda Bottomley Charitable Trust, which has given $35,255 towards the running costs the Nelson Marlborough branch of the foundation. ‘‘We are extremely grateful to receive these funds,’’ community fundraising executive Joy 46-48 Rutherford St, Nelson, Parking at rear off Vanguard St Ph: 548-1820, www.furniture.co.nz McClintock says. ‘‘By covering the running costs of the office, this trust has made a real difference to people in Nelson and Marlborough who are blind or have low vision.’’ The trust has also funded the majority of the DAISY players – players for blind people to listen to From left: Brett Johnson – Guardian Trust; Fiona Bosworth – administrator; Annette Smith – relief administrator; Joy McClintock – community fundraising executive (South Island). audio books from the foundation library – for the Nelson Marlborough region, and provided two cars for staff over the past four years.
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