Council resolves to extend Martley Street day time closure

15 August, 2014

THE process to extend the trial of a day-time closure of Martley Street, Porepunkah, will be commenced following a Council decision last week.

Council resolved to extend the trial for another six months.

Porepunkah Primary School last year requested that Council close the road, which runs between the school and the adjacent oval, to improve the safety of students crossing the road to play on the oval during breaks.

Following engagement with the school and broader community, Council voted to install boom gates to be operational between 10am – 2pm on school days for a trial period of 6 months, starting from 22 April.

Alpine Shire Council assessed the results of the first three months of the closure at its Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 5 August.

Director Sustainable Development Heather Green said Councillors weighed up the impacts of the trial from a range of sources, including results from a door-to-door survey of local residents and information from Porepunkah Primary School.

“Taking into account all of the information provided, Council has opted to extend the trial closure for another six months, until April 22, 2015,” she said.

“Traffic counts of Seamer and Bailey Streets and comment on the closure from VicRoads, CFA and Victoria Police were also factored into the decision.

“Council recognises that this has been an issue with strong opinions both for and against the road closure, but this day-time closure aims to reach a compromise between complete closure and keeping the road open.

“Council will reassess the impact of the trial closure and make an ultimate decision early next year.”

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