Speed humps, building permits on Bendigo council's agenda 

CITY of Greater Bendigo councillors will debate several important issues when they meet tomorrow. 

The removal of planning restrictions on the old Gillies pie factory will be discussed, along with plans for the Mitchell Street bus precinct. 

Staff have also recommended speed bumps not be installed in Bobs Street in White Hills, despite receiving protests from 46 local residents worried about hoon drivers. The council had considered installing eight speed humps at a cost of $60,000, but council director presentation and assets Darren Fuzzard said there were other plans that would divert traffic from the road. 

“Speed humps are very effective in slowing traffic, but they are a punishment for the people who live next to them,” he said.

“They have to drive over them a lot more than anyone else and the noise can be annoying for everyone else.”

Mr Fuzzard said the realignment of Heywood Street across Bobs Street could improve driver behaviour in Bobs Street, and the council would wait to see what impact this had.

Approval has also been sought to turn a building in the View Street arts precinct into a church, with one objection to the plans. 

Council staff have recommended a permit be issued with several conditions. 

Councillors will also consider a permit to build five two-storey buildings in Nolan Street, North Bendigo, and will consider imposing heritage controls over a historically significant property in Pallett Street, Golden Square, that the owner wants to demolish.