Submissions on the sequence of road improvements for
Portobello Rd-Harington Point Rd continued yesterday, with
both sides of the debate again putting their cases.
Several supporters of the council prioritising the
Vauxhall-Glenfalloch section said they had travelled to Broad
Bay at 3pm on Thursday, concerned about comments from people
that that area needed the shared path first, to make access
to schools safer. However, they noted there were already
paths in the communities, albeit not wide ones.
''I don't think the infrastructure is fantastic at Broad Bay,
but at least it's partially there. There is basically nothing
in that first section, and I really support starting the work
there,'' Belleknowes resident Simon Noble said.
Whichever option the council chose, there were some things it
could do to make the other sections of the road safer in the
meantime, such as more signs and road markings, or bollards,
Challis resident Lindsay Smith said he knew several children
who would love to cycle to intermediate or secondary school
if the city end was done first.
When asked by Cr Richard Thomson, supporters of the Broad
Bay-Portobello sections being done first said they would
''absolutely'' use the new path, despite it being across a
main road from the school.
Korena Paterson was representative of other submissions when
she said the existing sequence of work, which has the Broad
Bay section next, was established by the community in 2005
and should remain. The suggestion of change at this stage was
leading to a great deal of frustration in the community.
''You need to stick with what's already planned, already
budgeted for and already scheduled.''