Call to im­prove town’s iden­tity

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - News - ALICE CLAR­IDGE

A PLAN to pro­mote New Nor­folk as a great place to do busi­ness is one of sev­eral bud­get sub­mis­sions the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil will dis­cuss when it meets on Thurs­day.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said there had been a large num­ber of sub­mis­sions re­lat­ing to the coun­cil’s bud­get for the next fi­nan­cial year, re­ceived re­cently.

‘‘It is a good thing, we have had in­quiries about a num­ber of things which our ratepay­ers would like to see hap­pen around the Val­ley,’’ Cr Evans said. ‘‘I’m pleased peo­ple are get­ting in­volved.

‘‘There are of course lots of things which the coun­cil needs to con­sider and all the sub­mis­sions will be dis­cussed on Thurs­day.’’

Lo­cal res­i­dent Phil Bin­g­ley last week pre­sented Deputy Mayor Barry Lathey with four pe­ti­tions to sup­port his sub­mis­sions to coun­cil.

Mr Bin­g­ley said the is­sue many ratepay­ers were pas­sion­ate about was the in­sti­ga­tion of an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan.

‘‘Now is the very time to have an EDP with ob­jec­tives that pro­mote a pos­i­tive iden­tity for New Nor­folk as a busi­ness friendly town which sup­ports small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion and aims at at­tract new in­vest­ment into New Nor­folk and the Der­went Val­ley.’’

The pe­ti­tion was signed by 64 in­di­vid­u­als rep­re­sent­ing more than 30 busi­nesses in New Nor­folk and the Der­went Val­ley re­quest­ing that coun­cil ini­ti­ates the de­vel­op­ment of the EDP in 12/13.

The largest pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted by Mr Bin­g­ley, which was signed by 139 res­i­dents, con­cerns one of New Nor­folk’ busiest roads.

‘‘Glebe Rd be­tween The Av­enue and Lach­lan Rd is more like driv­ing on a cob­bled street than a sealed road,‘‘ Mr Bin­g­ley said.

‘‘It is very poor, with many pot hole patches, and needs pri­or­ity at­ten­tion given the vol­ume of traf­fic that uses the road.’’

The third pe­ti­tion, with 12 sig­na­tures, re­quested curbs and gut­ters to be in­stalled along Lach­lan Rd.

Mr Bin­g­ley said with­out a proper stormwa­ter sys­tem some res­i­dents were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing water in­fil­tra­tion un­der their houses.

The fourth pe­ti­tion, which was signed by seven ratepay­ers re­quests that Trif­fets Rd, cur­rently a gravel road be sealed.

IN­VOLVED: Deputy Mayor Barry Lathey re­cieves a pe­ti­tion

from lo­cal res­i­dent Phil Bin­g­ley.

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