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December 1, 2003

Grays Lane condition

Joel has written a letter to council about the condition of the road, and drawing attention to our conditional support for a rates rise provided it was matched by service increases and in particular attention to Gray's Lane.

The letter, an extract from our submission of June 2002, and a copy of a letter by Robert Bleakely to council is attached.

Monday, December 01, 2003

Mr. Tom Wilson
Mayor
Byron Shire Council

Dear Tom,
We are writing to make you aware of the extent of our concern regarding inadequate maintenance of Grays Lane at Tyagarah.

Our association is a strong supporter of council and we would like to maintain a positive relationship. The lack of maintenance of Grays Lane recently is upsetting a number of local residents and creating safety issues. The road has been heavily corrugated with extensive and substantial potholes. It was in such a bad state that cars were experiencing accelerated suspension wear and tear and cyclists had difficulty riding safely on the surface when facing oncoming traffic.

In our 2002 submission below, regarding the rate increase, there was clear concern that the rate increase would not result in improved services. That is clearly now the case, and if anything maintenance of Grays Lane has become worse, with excessive maintenance intervals and the belief amongst residents that maintenance is primarily carried out only when residents complain. Robert Bleakley has been in contact with council recently and the road has just been graded however our concerns remain about maintenance policy.

Robert Bleakley has also attempted to raise this issue over a year ago and has not received adequate or timely responses.

The state of Grays Lane has become a major concern for residents and we ask that you put in place a process where council staff and community representatives can consult constructively on how to improve the situations.

Yours sincerely,


Joel Fleming
Vice President
Tyagarah Sustainable Community Alliance
39 Prestons Lane
Tyagarah, NSW 2481
p. 02-66847002
m. 0408-462916



Appendix 1 Extracts from our submission to council regarding rate rise and impact on services in 2002
17th June 2002

COMMENTS REGARDING THE PROPOSED RATE CHANGES


2.2 Residential increase

Those supporting a modest residential rate increase, did so on the basis that there is a direct link between increased rates and improved services.

Residents asked whether there might be any benefits to the local area resulting from the residential rate rise.

Those opposing felt that, after many years experience, previous rate rises have never resulted in any change to services delivered to our local area.


2.3 Local Improvements Requested

A number felt that Grays Lane needed improving in ways to be discussed

Some provision for pedestrians and cyclist including children on Grays Lane. This dirt road is used by children to get to the bus stop on the highway and by cyclists and pedestrians. It has a 100km/h limit and not suitable or safe for use by cyclists and pedestrians.


Appendix 2
Letter from Robert Bleakley over a year ago to Col Hadwell, without reply.

From: Robertbleakley1@aol.com
To: col.hadwell@byron.nsw.gov.au
Cc: tom.wilson@byron.nsw.gov.au
Subject: Grays Lane
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 15:04:29 +1000


Col Hadwell
Road Maintenance Division
Byron Shire Council

16-10-02

Dear Mr.Hadwell

Re: Grays Lane

I have spoken to you on previous occasions concerning the need for regular maintenance of this much used road.

The road is in an appalling state right now and is made dangerous by the fact that drivers are forced to frequently change sides of the road to avoid the worst patches. The other potholes in the bitumen at the corner of Prestons Lane and commencement of the dirt on Grays Lane are especially bad and one could clearly see the legal liability which this places upon Council in the event of what is an inevitable accident, caused by these holes.

This thoroughfare carries a weight of traffic greatly in excess of that generated by residents but is on the same maintenance schedule as other dirt roads in the shire which service only residents. This unjust situation impacts adversely on the interests of residents in terms of excessive wear and tear on their vehicles and loss of amenity.

Please advise me when the road will be deep-ripped ; graded and rolled , a simple surface grading job is not adequate.

I look forward also to receiving responses to the following:

A traffic volumes study was carried out recently, what were the findings ?

Has a study been carried out contrasting the differing volumes of traffic during the summer and winter months; holiday weekends etc. 

Has the frequency of grading the dirt section decreased over the past two to three years?

What is the cost of properly grading and rolling the gravel section?

How frequently is new road base brought in?

Has a study been done comparing the ongoing maintenance cost of the dirt road with
cost of constructing a concrete road able to withstand flooding?


Has Council considered the option of bitumen sealing the middle section which does not go under water and using concrete at either end?

What is the recommended limit on traffic volumes before a road is sealed?


Are there plans to build speed bumps or otherwise protect against the increased risk of accident where the new subdivision driveway enters the road ?

Yours sincerely,

Robert Bleakley
1, McInnes Lane
Tyagarah NSW 2481
Tel:0418 442 112

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Posted at December 1, 2003 12:00 AM

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