Coun­cil ap­proached to improve road safety

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

THE KENS­ING­TON Grove com­mu­nity has been push­ing for safer access to the local skate park on Bertrand Ave since 2014.

Now, there is a re­newed ur­gency af­ter a young boy was hit by a car two weeks ago.

On his way home from his daily trek to the park, 12-year-old Ry­ley Barnes was struck and thrown sev­eral me­tres. He suf­fered a con­cus­sion as well as bruis­ing to his liver and kid­ney.

One res­i­dent said such an ac­ci­dent was “bound to hap­pen.”

Troy Staines said there has been a few near misses since he has lived on the street and he had last con­tacted the coun­cil a cou­ple of years ago about the is­sue.

“The side of the road is al­most impossible to walk on, let alone ride a bike or scooter, which many chil­dren do on a daily basis to get access to the skate park,” Mr Staines said.

“There is no safe access there for kids to en­ter (the skate park).

“There needs to be a proper foot­path put into place to pre­vent fur­ther ac­ci­dents.”

A Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil spokesper­son said they had been ap­proached about safety con­cerns on this par­tic­u­lar road.

“Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil records show Coun­cil was ap­proached in 2014 with a re­quest for foot­paths in Kens­ing­ton Grove, in­clud­ing Bertrand Av­enue,” the spokesper­son said.

“Coun­cil ad­vised foot­paths for this area un­for­tu­nately had not been pro­vi­sioned for in the cur­rent bud­get.”

The spokesper­son said coun­cil would con­sider im­proved safety mea­sures for Bertrand Ave in the bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions.

“Re­quests for new foot­paths and cy­cle ways are as­sessed on the basis of safety, com­mu­nity ben­e­fit, costs, re­sourc­ing and strate­gic pri­or­i­ties, and projects are com­pared across the re­gion,” they said.

“(It) does not ex­clude this area to be con­sid­ered by coun­cil in the up­com­ing bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions.”

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

LUCKY BOY: 12-year-old Ry­ley Barnes was hit by a car while rid­ing his BMX bike on Bertrand Ave.

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