Tauranga City Council is to consider ending its policy of resealing hot-mix surfaced roads in subdivisions with chip-seal.
At Monday’s Projects, Services and Operations Committee meeting, councillor Steve Morris moved that Council reconsider its policy to resurface subdivision roads with chip-seal which was approved at that time as a cost saving measure.
The existing policy was adopted in 2012.
Residents of two subdivisions in Papamoa presented petitions to Council today; showing their dissatisfaction that their streets are being downgraded from smooth and quiet hot-mix to rough and louder chip-seal.
“I was chair of the Papamoa Progressive Association in 2012 and I recall the decision of the Council back then was because NZTA removed the 50 per cent subsidy for resurfacing subdivisions in hot-mix and financial pressure due to the global financial crisis,” says Steve,
“However, hot-mix seal lasts longer than chip-seal so the whole-of-life costs needed to be considered.”
The budget for reseals is 1.5 per cent of Council’s annual capital budget of $200m.
“It’s time we asked our community again whether it’s acceptable that the city’s streets are effectively being downgraded,” says Steve.
A report will be brought to Council before next year’s budget that will present the financial impact of any change in the policy for the community to consider.