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LITTLE RIVER MAIN ROAD.

I A good deal of discussion took place Ist the last meeting of tbe VYairewn iCouufcy Council on Tuesday, regarding ''■ ho farming of vr hieular bylaws giving >.-c Council certain powers over the main Oounry road, which runtihrough the ! ounly from tbe Hals well bridge to the Hill Top. Th. Council were considering by lawdrawn up by their solicitors. Tbe nhjfict fcr framing tbe bylaw is to tax ihe motor traffic which passes over tbis road on the way to Akaroa, and as one member of tbe Council put it, "taxing those who use tbe road wbere there is no benefit accruing to the rating district." It was stated that there was not another piece of road in the whole of New Zealand maintained as this road was for the benefit of those outside the County. There were hundreds of cars passing through from Christchurch to Akaroa every year, and as time went on tbis traffic would increase. It was suggested tbe Government Tourist Department should be approached with a view to granting an annual subsidy for the maintenance of this road, The Akaroa motor service also used the road daily, and there waa absolutely no return for the use made of the road. One member said most of the coun ties in North Canterbury had bylaws regulating traffic and payment of licenses. The best method of putting a tax on traffic was discussed, and a toll gate was suggested. Tbe matter h*iß been referred back to the solicitors, and the question of license fees will be discussed at tbe next meeting of the Council.

The question as to who should con tribute towards the upkeep of a main arterial road, such as the Little River road, has not yet been satisfactorily provided for, though it has been dis cussed by many local authorities. The toll gate is very generally used in the North Island, we understand, and this appears to us to be the fairest possible means of taking outside traffic. Thi? would throw some of the cost of road maintenance on to the travelling public, which is only juat, It is impossible to ask every motor car passing along the County road to pay an annual license, but something should be paid for the use of tqe road. No doubt the Wairewa councillors will have some solution of the difficulty when they discusg the by-laws at tbe next meeting of tbe Council.

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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 20 April 1915

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LITTLE RIVER MAIN ROAD. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 20 April 1915

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