Retirees battle trucks

FED-UP: Annoyed Lady Wigram Retirement Village residents stand outside their street as a heavy vehicle drives past.

Heavy vehicles are causing headaches for residents again – this time at the Lady Wigram Retirement Village.

Residents are saying their villa’s double-glazed windows are “no match” for blocking out the noise of frequent container carriers, trucks, trailer units and speeding cars driving past.

Western News reported last week heavy vehicles using Jarnac Boulevard to access the Noble Village Subdivision in Yaldhurst were “non-stop” according to nearby residents.

About 15 fed-up residents called a meeting with MP for Wigram Megan Woods, city councillor Anne Galloway and city council staff over noisy vehicles frequently using Lodestar Ave last Monday.

As a result the city council will set up a monitoring project to measure the weight, speed and volume of traffic using the road.

Village manager Sarah Jacobson said there are 21 villas facing onto Lodestar Ave are affected by the noise.

“We want a couple of signs up to say it is not suitable for heavy vehicles..don’t necessarily need speed bumps. Something that will cut traffic out,” she said.

Concerns have been raised heavy vehicles are using the road as a shortcut into the industrial part of Parkhouse Rd.

It comes after plans for a hospital, dementia unit and rest-home are planned to be built along the residential street as part of the village’s ongoing developments.

Lodestar Ave was first opened in February last year.

Resident Bob Prescott said while the trucks are not continuous they make a “hell of a racket”.

“We would like peace and quiet and look out for your senior citizens,” he said.

His views were supported by his wife Anne Prescott who said the residents would like to sit at their outside patio on sunny days but could not with the noise.

At the meeting Mr Prescott raised concerns residents could not open their windows near the road and often had the daylight blocked out.

“Hardly an acceptable retirement situation,” he said.

The residents will make a deputation to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board.

Dr Woods said the residents have a legitimate concern as the road was never meant for short cuts.

She said it is important the issue is brought to the community board so the council staff can look at different options to address the issue.

“There has got to be a proper look at this to make sure we are not just shifting the problem from one street,” she said.