The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1914. ROAD METALLING.
Many ratepayers in looal body distrjots are inclined to look at their own road improvements from a purely parochial point of view bat the members of local bodies soon find when they takfe a seat on, a Road Board that they are to sinketheir own interests to the level of all other ratepayers in the Bosd Board District they represent, and do the beat for all concerned as well as they are enabled. Iα past years more attention has, without doubt, been paid to the main arterial roads, which are now almost as good as they will ever be, but the outside roads, or " one man roads," as they are oalled, call for some big expenditure before the roading of Banks Peninsula is going to be any way ideal. When a road lead 3to a few settlers only, a Board naturally asks itself whether it is justified in going to a heavy expense to provide a road for a few ratepayers, but the time has come, we think, on Banks Penln j sula, at any rate, when the Boards ~ ought; certainly to improve these outside roads with ac much expediency as possible. The growth of dairying ia going to tend to oloser settlement, and this district will, in anothe r fifty years time, carry twice its present popu. lation. In improving these outlets the Boards are not only providing the present settlers with a good outlet, but they are advancing the district by inviting closer settlement, and are making a road that in future will provide twice the number of resi , dents with a good outlet. And then again it is only fair that those ratepayers in the baok country off the main arterial roads, who have paid their fair share of rates in common with
their more fortunate frftnds nearer Ihe mai> roads, should get their quota of attention /1 the last, meeting of the Akaroa and Wainu, Koad. Board, the chairman (Mr G. Arm strong) brought up the- question of rnetallinp back roads in the Akaroa and Wainui B Board District, and said the Board was fac d with a considerable expenditure this year in having to metal Hickory and Gough's Bay roads. The, matter of raising another metal loan to ajetal a great many of the outlying roads in tbe district was discussed, and was left in abeyance until next meeting of the Board. It wili be remembered that about eight yesrs ago the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board raised a loan and metalled a large number of their roads throughout their dis triot. This proved a great success, and did away with a great deal of useless expense in maintenance. We believe that if the Board again approached the ratepayers in regard to another loan for metalling some of the outside roads, they would sancion it. This would do sway with a great deal of useless road mending that is going on, and whioh does no permanent good. We hope indeed that should the Board go to the rate, payers for a loan that they will not look at it from a narrow point of view, but rather think of the ultimate benefit good metalled roads are goug to reflect Upon the-progre3S of the district as a whole, . ■■:•..