Like Caesar invading Gaul, last Friday citizen David Renouf came into the Hastings Council budget session … they saw his case … and he conquered.
After a few years of persistent lobbying, this time David convinced Council that the Hastings CBD was dangerous to pedestrians. Insufficient marked crossings, unclear or obscured markings in other locations, and inadequate time allotted for pedestrians to completely and safely cross streets at intersections with traffic signals.
David, as usual, had done his homework and came armed with photos and diagrams illustrating his case.
The Council’s response was to pass a resolution on the spot calling for a prompt investigation of pedestrian safety throughout the CBD, with a promise of speedy improvements. Not one of some 57 other submitters on the coming year’s Annual Plan won this kind of instant action. Not even Sam Kelt, pitching for $50,000 for his horse race.
Bottomline … pedestrians — the kind who buy stuff from CBD retailers — will move more safely around the Hastings CBD because one model citizen took the trouble to get involved, do his homework, persist, and work the process and the Councillors.
Well done David!
P.S. HBRC Councillors … he’s right about water too!