Con­cerns over road sur­face

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

THERE are safety con­cerns about a raised road sur­face on Wright Street, Cloverdale.

For­mer Bel­mont coun­cil­lor Paul Hitt voiced his wor­ries dur­ing Oc­to­ber’s coun­cil meet­ing about the im­pact tree roots were hav­ing on the road sur­face near the me­dian strip on the road and the safety risks it poised for driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans.

Mr Hitt told the South­ern Gazette that it was an is­sue the coun­cil should not ig­nore.

“The roots from the trees have raised the road sur­face near the me­dian strip,” he said.

“I think there are con­cerns from the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly be­cause the prob­lem has oc­curred near parks where chil­dren play sport,” he said.

“With the new laws (re­quir­ing) driv­ers to keep their dis­tance from cy­clists, it means peo­ple will have to en­croach closer to the me­dian strip.”

Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive John Christie said the coun­cil had un­der­taken road im­prove­ment projects on Wright Street in re­cent years but none re­lated to dam­age from tree roots.

“Three lo­ca­tions in Wright Street have been iden­ti­fied where dam­age caused by the ex­ist­ing trees will re­quire re­me­di­a­tion works in the very near fu­ture,” he said.

“A full au­dit has been con­ducted to as­sess any dam­age to Wright Street caused by tree growth and, apart from the three lo­ca­tions iden­ti­fied, all other lo­ca­tions will be mon­i­tored into the fu­ture and main­te­nance will be car­ried out when re­quired.

“The more ma­ture trees in Wright Street caus­ing some con­flict with the road are spot­ted gums which were planted ap­prox­i­mately 20-plus years ago.

“This tree species is still con­sid­ered ap­pro­pri­ate for plant­ing in the streetscape.” he said.

For­mer Bel­mont coun­cil­lor Paul Hitt is con­cerned that roots from trees are rais­ing the road sur­face near the me­dian strip.

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