THE CITY of Greater Bendigo will lobby VicRoads over a Strathfieldsaye intersection labelled “outright dangerous” by a councillor.
Councillors considered a 14 lot subdivision at Club Court last night and several said they had concerns about traffic where the court intersects with Tannery Lane and Strathfieldsaye Road.
Cr Elise Chapman said the area was “extremely dangerous”.
“I just find that my own conscience for public safety can’t allow me to pass this,” she said.
“Yes Strathfieldsaye is growing. But this intersection, something really terrible is going to happen here. I don’t want to be responsible if anything happens.”
Cr Chapman was the only councillor to vote against the development, but received support for a motion calling on VicRoads to look at the intersection near Strathfieldsaye Primary School.
Councillor Peter Cox called on residents to make their voices heard. “If the interchange is unsafe and VicRoads is telling us no accidents are happening there, we’ve got to do our research,” he said.
“Residents need to mobilise and organisations need to get together.
“It’s not going be changed in a week or a month or a year. We need to as councillors partner with the locals out there to make sure we can bring about change.”
In other council meeting news, a dilapidated 100-year-old home on Arnold Street was spared a demolition permit by one vote.
Cr Chapman said there were drug addicts squatting in the building and said it was too far beyond repair. But councillor James Williams said he was disappointed the owner had failed to maintain the home.
“It’s important to recognise the value of these heritage homes,” he said. “It is important we maintain our heritage and our heritage homes for the future.”
Councillor Rod Campbell said there wasn’t a proposal put forward for use following demolition and voted to keep the property with Cr Cox, Cr Williams, councillor Rod Fyffe and mayor Lisa Ruffell.
The council also received a petition from 135 Heathcote residents concerned by a planned closure of the Old Railway Reserve Road to cars. Residents will again meet with City of Greater Bendigo staff over the issue.