Closure remains a contentious issue

POREPUNKAH’S Martley Street is to remain “indefinitely temporarily closed”, after an Alpine Shire councillor moved a new recommendation at last week’s council meeting.

The original recommendation was to continue the temporary time-based closure until December 18, 2015, so if any traffic modifications were required on the urban road network, as a result of the Alpine Better Places projects, are known.

However, Cr Peter Roper seemed to not see the sense in setting an end date for the temporary closure review until the outcome of the Alpine Better Places project is known.

He put the motion forward that public submissions be invited regarding the proposed time-based closure of Martley Street Porepunkah between the hours of 10am-2pm on school days for an indefinite period in accordance with sections 207A and 223 of the local government action 1989.

“This issue comes up and we continue to go through the process and watch it be butchered by fellow councillors, and listen to arguments,” Cr Roper said.

“One thought would be to wait until we know what the council briefing sessions tell us regarding the Porepunkah Alpine Better Places project, and if it’s decided that Martley Street needs something done we can deal with it then.

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