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Speed limits - tell Council what you think

Media Release 

Council is seeking community feedback to further inform speed management options within the Westland District Roading Network. This process is not to change speed limits as it was when we consulted in 2020, but to engage with the wider public to seek views and attitudes towards speed changes that Council has made as well as to identify future areas where changes may be investigated.

Due to ongoing legislative changes in the area of speed management it is important that Council has a greater understanding of what our customers want for the district’s roading network as well as a plan for speed management in the future.

A fully revised system for Speed Management is being implemented between now and 2024. This involves the creation of Regional Speed Management Plans that will replace the current bylaw system.

The release of the new “Setting of Speed Limits Rule 2022” in May this year, as well as targets set by Waka Kotahi within the Road to Zero programme mean that we also need to implement 30km/h speed limits around 40% of our schools before 2024 and 100% after 2024. Presently just under 20% of our schools are within 30km/h zones.

Transportation Manager, Karl Jackson says, “Other than speeds around schools we have no immediate plans to alter any of our existing speed limits until the new Speed Management Plan has been developed.”

Anyone interested in providing feedback can do this using the online form that will be available on our website from Friday 5 August until Friday 2 September 2022. Alternatively a paper form can be dropped into Council’s Customer Service Centre at 36 Weld Street, Hokitika, or emailed to speedlimits@westlanddc.govt.nz.

Once all the feedback has been collated and considered, staff will present a report to Council at the November Council meeting.

Any enquires about the feedback process can be directed to Karl Jackson, Transportation Manger at 03 756 9032 or email karl.jackson@westlanddc.govt.nz.

ENDS

Notes:

The online form is available here.

Media enquiries to:

Emma Rae, Strategy and Communications Advisor

Emma.rae@westlanddc.govt.nz