A DILAPIDATED Arnold Street home built around 1900 was spared demolition by one vote at tonight’s City of Greater Bendigo meeting.
The house, located in a heritage precinct, was labelled an “absolute eyesore” past its use by date by councillor Elise Chapman.
Cr Chapman said “we’ve got drug addicts (squatting) in it” and said repairing the home would cause financial hardship for the owner.
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.
In other council meeting news, City of Greater Bendigo staff will again meet Heathcote residents concerned by the proposed closure of the Old Railway Reserve Road to cars.
A petition with signatures from 135 residents was tabled at the meeting.
Speed Street resident Denis Carroll it was unfair to close the road and restrict bushland access.
“What we’re saying is they don’t have the right to put locked gates on public land,” he said
“Because that’s denying me and one section of the public the use of whatever recreation I use it for.”
The council will also lobby VicRoads over a Strathfieldsaye intersection labelled dangerous by councillors.
The section of road at the corner of Club Court, Tannery Lane and Strathfieldsaye Road is near Strathfieldsaye Primary School.
The council also received a response to the recent independent review from chief executive Craig Niemann.
Mr Niemann said the City of Greater Bendigo supported most recommendations made in the review.
The council adopted in-principle support for the recommendations and will set up a committee to implement changes.