Residents have tried to pre-empt the Northern Midlands Council’s plans to extend the centred tree line down the remainder of Longford’s Smith Street by lodging a petition against the project.
However the petition was deemed non-compliant. It stated the street’s residents and staff members from the medical centre strongly opposed the planting of trees down the centre of Smith St, from George Street to Longford Oval.
It noted 11 reasons why it was unnecessary for the council to draft plans to do so stating it was a “needless expense”. Including being a traffic hazard, impairing visibility and adding to existing driveway access difficulties.
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Smith St resident, and lodger of the petition, Fran Hoyle said the signatories felt the project was unwarranted, unnecessary and unpopular.
“We feel this project is unwelcomed, inappropriate and a wasteful use of ratepayer’s funds,” she said.
It amassed 31 signatures, but did not meet the Local Government Act 1993 as it did not note the number of signatories and did not have a heading on each page. However it did have a brief statement on each page and the action requested.
In May last year the council approved its development application to plant 14 trees in the centre of Smith St, between Wellington Street and George Street, at an estimated cost of $80,000 to improve the street’s visual amenity.
The DA noted an extension of the tree line on the street may be considered at a later stage following further planning and consultation.
The council’s office is located at 13 Smith St.
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