Work set to resume after man’s protest

DONE DEAL: Murray Turley has retired his placard and called it a day on his protest after work resumes. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

A man protesting road works, which he says will narrow the street too much and limit access, has packed in his placard.

Murray Turley stood out in the rain for two days on the corner of Grassmere St and Main North Rd protesting about a “killer bulge” that pedestrians will use to cross Main North Rd.

Work came to a brief pause last week when Mr Turley stood on the construction site and forced Fulton Hogan to pack up and leave.

However, after the city council’s investigation into Mr Turley’s concerns, work on the pedestrian crossing access restarted on Friday.

Papanui city councillor Mike Davidson visited residents in Grassmere St, including Mr Turley, and listened to the problems they had with the work to come up with a solution.

As a way to ease their concerns, Cr Davidson organised a simulation of a truck and boat navigating an intersection identical to Grassmere St and Main North Rd.

It was conducted on the corner of Proctor St and Main North Rd by city council staff who successfully managed to get the boat and trailer around the turn.

Cr Davidson said after watching a video of the simulation, he was more than satisfied that the work should continue.

However, Mr Turley said he is not happy with the outcome. He said he was under the impression the city council was going to use a Grassmere St resident’s truck and boat.

Although he is disappointed, Mr Turley has decided to pack in his placard and said he had tried his best.

“It’s a done deal – I’d be issued with a trespass noticed and I’m retired. I can’t afford any legal stuff,” he said.

Mr Turley was angry because he said the residents had been lied to when told during consultation they would have unrestricted access in and out of Grassmere St.

“We were promised unrestricted access in the consultation process and I don’t believe we’ve got that. We’ve got restricted access.”

However, Cr Davidson said every day work was paused would cost the city council more money.

Mr Turley said he doesn’t want to see the road have to be dug up and redone later, which would be expensive.

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