Cessnock Council can’t be believed on roads

Cessnock Council can’t be believed on roads

 
Just a day after issuing a media release saying that Cessnock Council was doing everything in its power to maintain local roads Cessnock Council voted to require less road work from developers.Gallagher St Cessnock
‘Cessnock Council can’t be believed when it comes to roads.’ said Greens Councillor James Ryan.
The Council media statement issued on 30 September 2014 said …“We know changes need to be made, and are doing everything in our power to improve local roads”
 ‘In my opinion  Cessnock Council issued a statement which is contrary its actions.’  said Clr Ryan.
At Wednesday nights’ Council meeting (October 1st) Council  changed it’s policy and will now require less roadwork to be constructed by developers. The change came after the current Labor dominated Council had come under regular criticism for retrospectively removing conditions requiring roadwork.
‘Up until last night Council’s official policy was for new developments to be required to construct kerb and guttering in most residential areas.’ said Clr Ryan. ‘The new policy will only require roadworks where there is a three lot subdivision (or greater).’
‘The Council report tabled at the meeting recognised that:

 Not imposing kerb and gutter requirements on developers (100% of cost borne by the developer) may have a longer term financial impact on Council should kerb and gutter be required at the location at some future date.

‘In my opinion it is hypocritical for Council to issue a statement claiming it was doing all in it power to maintain local roads while actively making decisions that require less roadworks to be built by developers.’
‘These decisions will inevitably require Council over time to build the roads that it is now not requiring the developers to build and the  funds available for local roads maintenance will decrease.’
‘Sadly you just can’t believe Cessnock Council when it comes to roads.’ said Clr Ryan.
James Ryan

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