Sounds’ residents gather to discuss road recovery

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Sounds’ residents gather to discuss road recovery

Marlborough Sounds’ residents had an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from the Council and Marlborough Roads Recovery Team last week.

Around 70 people attended two community meetings held at the Waitaria Bay Settlers Hall and The Portage.

Mayor John Leggett told attendees he knew it had been a frustrating time for everyone. “At times progress appeared to be slow, particularly getting work underway on the Kenepuru Road and side roads. But there were good operational and safety reasons for this. I want to thank you for your patience as the repair work continues,” he said.

The roading recovery team outlined its focus on fixing the road as quickly as possible, with people’s safety first and foremost, and to support the community until uncontrolled access is restored.

Recovery team members also confirmed their commitment to the community to work through the issues raised. They will continue to advocate for the Sounds to central government, improve communications, provide subsidised transport and notice about the work programme and access changes so residents can plan.

The key milestone of enabling ‘controlled access’ via a pass system to the full length of Kenepuru Road and side roads has now been reached.

With the summer holiday season fast approaching, people are reminded a ‘resident’ or ‘essential service pass’ is required to drive through parts of Kenepuru Road that are classified as Controlled Access. Email Marlborough Roads at recovery@marlboroughroads.com before Monday 20 December 2021 to obtain a pass.

This access does not include visitors who are hiring or renting a holiday home or bach. Visitors must not drive vehicles into the Controlled Access areas in any of the recovery zones. Residents with passes can pick their visitors up from public access points and transport them to their property.

Lodge operators can use the road under the resident access permitted system, to collect and transport guests to holiday accommodation. Tourist operators can apply for an access permit but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Holiday accommodation guests can water taxi in or get a shuttle service from a wharf to their accommodation.