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A matter of the greatest possible] interest to residents in the county as well as to the inhabitants of the town of Ashburton cropped up atrthe meeting of the Borough Council on Tuesday evening, the Mayor and some of the Councillors being afraid that the Railway Administration is about to permit of the reserves situated "between the ;line and "East street foiing occupied for building and storage purposes. These were so occupied,~to some extent, about five years ago, and the injustice and danger of such a state of things led to an agitation, the result of which was the removal of the obstructions and an understanding with the department that the reserves should not again be let for sueh 1 purposes/ Councillors, however, appear to think that recent indications portend a departure from that understanding, and have very properly strengthened the hands of ; the Mayor, who raised the question, by a unanimous determination to,. have it out/with the authorities at once, and if possible get the question finally -and satisfactorily settled. An outward |and visible sign of such a settlement having been arrived at would be'the giving effect to Councillor Sealy's sensible suggestion that those parts of! the reserves not already planted should be planted with trees. The Mayor xind Council deserve the thanks of all residents in town and county for their vigilance in the matter, and we hope that Mr Burnett will be able to give the former at the forthcoming interview assurances of a satisfactory character. For the occupation of: the reserves by buildings or by anything which will obstruct the clear view of the railway cannot be tolerated, for an instant; our present open crossings are dangerous enough as it is, andlloss s of life and limb must certainly result if they are made infinitely mor c dangerous, as they would be, ' by shutting out all view of an approaching train. There are more towns in the colony than Ashburton where, the railway runs right down the centre of the principal street—notably, Palmerston North—and the ensuring as much as possible the public safety, under such circumstance's, ought not to be dependent upon the caprice of Railway Commissioners or anybody else. There ought to be some provision made in the Public Works Act, or^some other Act, which would render »it unlawful to obstruct the view of the railway under such circumstances, and we commend the suggestion, that an amendment of the. law, which would effect this, should be sought, to the consideration oi' our Borough Council and of our member, Mr Walker. „ '■

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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THE BOROUGH RAILWAY RESERVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890