The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JULY 28, 1914. PENINSULA ROAD ROARDS
Much has been said of tbe amalgamation of the small Peninsula local
bodies and the abolition of the small
road boards, and carrying on ltcal body work by raean3 ot lnrgT counties f which would do away with dual raling and control, but in a district like Bftbk3 PeniDsula this would not, we believe, lead tV) a better state of affairs. Peninsula, by moans of its for■:'maUon and;.dividing hills, shuts off igech bay, bo entirely .that travelling becotnes more difficult, nnd it is . harder, for the residents in one bay to extend their interests to the residents in % neighbouring bay, simply because there are high hills dividing. In this way a communication of interest such S3 would exist in plains country 13 not feasible. It thus-follows that local body work is better carried out in small area districts than in large areas on d.Lta Peninsula. <• The Road Board of Okain's, Le Bon's and/ Pigeon Bay and Akaroa and Wainut Road Board are doing excellent work, and it would be diff.cult to have a combination of aU. that would result in the better attention of road making and maintenance. A certain sum of money.has to be'spent upon the roads, and this can-"be better expended by those who know and Jive in the direct vicinjfcy,.-,; : sbe igmall road boards are doing'Vstfel'leni work and read improvement during the last decade has been going on apace. All the main roads leading to the differ go t bays are now in excellent concfiu'on and a credit to the local bodies whiob control them. The advent of the crushing plant belonging to the roa County ( ouncil has made a woa derful difference 'to the Peninsula roads, as metalling has become a much cheaper item than in the old knapping days. It is miinly owing "to the employment of the crusher tbafc the improvement in PeniuauFa road? has of late been fo noticeablp. The road boards have been able to make a great deal of use of the crushing plant, Bind each road board is Gxpend ing a considerable proportion of tbeij annual , income on metal! which is a profitable investment as shown by the improved road surfaces. The Penin sula road boards have yet many roads under their control which require re grading and metalling. These are the more outlying roads, and it will be many yeark before all are thoroughly satisfactory In improving these roads the Boards are improving the values of properties for the benefit o£ the whole district, and for tbe very necessary convenience of those more unfortunate ratepayers wbo live a loivj distance from the main roads.