Concerns over road surface
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.