Yellow fever

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By PHILIP CHANDLER

A Queenstowner’s seeing red over yellow broken lines.

Queenstown’s council is ‘retrofitting’ broken yellow lines in narrow streets to allow the likes of rubbish trucks and emergency vehicles to negotiate them more easily.

One street caught up is Fernhill cul de sac Caples Place, where Geoff Russell’s lived for about 30 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 66-year-old is furious residents weren’t consulted.

The first he knew was when a spray truck driver turned up in February — the driver turned away when Russell complained.

Secondly, he says rubbish trucks have always got up the ‘‘low-speed’’ street except during heavy snowfalls.

He argues many residents have used the street to park on as they haven’t got room on their properties, while driveways on the upper side get icy over winter.

‘‘You go anywhere around the world, rubbish trucks can get up narrow streets.

‘‘Why displace 10-plus residents for one rubbish truck, once per week?

‘‘I’ll have elderly friends come and visit me, they might have to park 200 metres down the street and walk along an icy street.’’

At most, Russell says yellow lines could be OK at the turning head only.

Council spokesperson Jack Barlow says because Caples Place is less than 7.2m wide, parking’s only possible on one side of the street.

‘‘We often receive complaints from residents of narrower streets, such as Caples Place, that vehicles (including rubbish trucks and emergency services vehicles) can not get down the road due to the way people are parked.

‘‘We are currently working our way through retrofitting new broken yellow lines to existing areas of the network that do not meet the code [of practice].

‘‘This ensures that access is available for all vehicles.’’

scoop@scene.co.nz