Road upgrade issues for townSave
By Jaden McLeod
A roading upgrade in Te Puke has sparked a battle between residents and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
Rod and Jannine Pearce own Te Puke Jewellers.
They say the removal of six carparks outside the front of their business is unnecessary.
"We've got a lovely walkway that people enjoy sitting in, and eating their lunch. They developed that beautiful area at the back. Why take this humongous area, that was carparking, and turn it into nothing? No one will sit out there."
Mr Pearce says the consultation process has been dire and that the upgrade hasn't improved the CBD.
"We never had traffic jams before, we've got them now. And it isn't even busy yet."
Long-time resident Deborah Holmes says kiwifruit season is upon the town, and changing the roading from two lanes to one is already causing issues.
"The roundabouts are double-laned. So you get people trying to undertake you, to get that one car ahead, which basically just backs everybody else up."
Council Project Manager Peter Clark says the double lane roundabout design is not uncommon in the region, but should not be used for undertaking vehicles.