Planter boxes set to survive another winter

IN the latest Derwent Valley Council go-slow, a decision on removing the controversial Burnett St planter boxes has been referred to this year’s budget deliberations. Despite earlier advice that repairing the damaged road surface could be funded from this year’s roadworks budget, last week’s council meeting heard there was no money available.

Councillor Damian Bester sought to accelerate the process by having the council decide exactly what recitifcation works it wanted to refer to the budget process, but he was defeated by an amendment by Cr Judy Bromfield to have a comprehensive report prepared for the council budget process.

Cr Bester’s motion had been to have the planter boxes removed and the road surface returned to its original condition; to replant the existing trees in the footpath using tree guards as seen at Kingston; and to have four pedestrian refuge sites built for safe crossing of the street.

Mayor Evans, Deputy Mayor Farrell and Councillors Lathey, Bromfield, Shaw, Molan-Hill and Elliott voted for Cr Bromfield’s motion. Crs Bester and Graham opposed it.

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