AN Ebenezer couple have had their request for the sealing of a section of road, directly out the front of their property knocked back by a Light Regional Council committee.
In a letter to council, presented at the May infrastructure committee meeting, Peter and Mavis Herbert sought the sealing of a 150-metre section of Research Road to help manage the large amounts of problem dust that wafts onto their property.
“All vehicles from about October to April throw up huge clouds of dust,” the letter stated.
“This dust obviously goes right through the house, so much so that it is impossible to safely open any front windows at any time.”
The committee subsequently recommended the road section not be sealed, but instead added it to its Sealed Roads Upgrade Register for consideration in the future.
According to a council report, the section is estimated to cost council about $36,000 to seal, with the residents willing to contribute an additional $10,000 towards costs.
“The traffic volume on this road does not support sealing of the road and, as such, any request to seal the road would be outside of any upgrade program and needs to be privately funded,” the report stated.
“An inspection of the road was performed in March 2018 and indicates that it is in need of a grade due to corrugation of the road surface, but is not lacking material in any areas.”
Meanwhile, a request to have an unsealed section of Parbs Road, in Greenock, sheeted was also rejected, due to a lack of available funds.
It was recommended the road be added to council’s Unsealed Roads Upgrade Register.