Cut to funds ‘cat­a­strophic’

RE­DE­VEL­OP­MENT IN BUD­GET SIGHTS

Stirling Times - - News - Kate Leaver

THE City of Stir­ling has warned that an $8.8 mil­lion cut to the Scar­bor­ough re­de­vel­op­ment could be “cat­a­strophic” to the suc­cess of the project.

In the re­cent bud­get, the State Gov­ern­ment cut ex­pen­di­ture be­cause a planned road ex­ten­sion was scrapped in May and it spent $500,000 com­pen­sat­ing Scar­bor­ough busi­nesses af­fected by the works.

In May, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti aban­doned plans to build two roads north and south of the Es­planade be­cause of the detri­men­tal im­pact on en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive dunes.

Stir­ling act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Lit­tle­ton said the City was “ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed” that the money would not be in­vested back into infrastructure for the project.

“Traf­fic con­ges­tion is al­ready com­pro­mis­ing the precinct and with more peo­ple ex­pected to come to Scar­bor­ough Beach, hav­ing no plan to ad­dress this is­sue with ei­ther public trans­port or park­ing will be cat­a­strophic to the over­all suc­cess of the project and vis­i­ta­tion of the area,” he said.

“The cur­rent ac­cess and exit points will con­tinue to be con­gested, with a long-term so­lu­tion to fix the prob­lem not yet iden­ti­fied and now no fund­ing mech­a­nism by the State Gov­ern­ment to de­liver an out­come.”

The Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate op­tions to im­prove ac­cess is­sues at the fore­shore.

Scar­bor­ough MLA Liza Har­vey said she was dis­ap­pointed the Gov­ern­ment had not yet made clear any al­ter­na­tive traf­fic op­tions.

“They have not ex­plained where the funds – as I un­der­stand due to come from the pro­posed De­vel­op­ment Con­tri­bu­tion Plan – will be redi­rected if they’re pulled from the project,” she said.

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