storm water drain and assist residents with non-compliant crossovers to correct them.
Then Highton Lane’s flooding issues will be minimised with minimal effort.
Council should also consider offering interest-free loans for residents who require assistance to comply.
Then put in place a regular open stormwater drain maintenance program to manage and maintain.
And next time council attempts to take this upgrade to the residents of Highton Lane, please take into consideration each property’s individual frontage, their block square metreage and the money they have already spent on their crossovers with council permit approval and don’t use your usual excuse “that was before our time” it’s your job now, regardless.
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January 23). A pertinent fact, conveniently omitted, is that Mr Leah is the resident who gave permission for this louring steel horror to be placed on his property within the town and who is being paid by the operator in recompense.
His neighbours’ reward for his decision is to live in a place that now looks like an outpost of Pine Gap.
As for Margaret Martyn’s question (ibid.), “Are we not entitled?”, this is one we should all ask ourselves when demanding services that have a significant negative impact on our fellow citizens.