YOU’D think the shire would have learned its lesson when it failed to advertise the application for a milk manufacturing plant at Kernot some months ago.
Not so. When the shire was preparing to construct speed humps, chicanes and other ‘traffic calming devices’ on Inverloch’s Surf Parade earlier this month, it neglected to advise the school bus companies operating along the route.
One such operator, Allan Fletcher, the Depot Operations Manager for Westernport Roadlines in Leongatha was ropable.
“Today I contacted the Bass Coast Shire office to complain in regard to the road works on the Inverloch foreshore between Pensioners Point and the surf life savings club,” Mr Fletcher said
“Regarding one of our school buses which is scheduled to travel along this section of road. It was not able to do so with the road works, the way the access is set up. It did not allow the bus to safely travel this section.
“The driver needed to reverse away and take an alternative unscheduled route to drop off his school student passengers.”
It was far from ideal.
The shire has admitted it didn’t place an advertisement in the local paper but claims it was happy with what it did do.
“Council didn’t advertise the works on Surf Parade in the local papers specifically; however we did advertise the works through a number of different means included below:
• Council officers hand delivered letters to landholders directly adjacent to the traffic calming devices. This also involved face-to-face discussions with those landholders who were home.
• The contractor also did a letter drop to Surf Parade landholders six days before works commenced
• Two Electronic Visual Message Boards were put in place one week prior to the works commencing
• A media release was distributed and featured online
• Council notified emergency services and bus operators.”
Details of the works were also on the shire’s website
But not all operators were notified, it seems, see letter this issue.
Mr Fletcher has since been contacted by the shire in relation to his concerns that buses will not be able to navigate the chicanes and he’ll be meeting with them, in a bus, this Wednesday.
Mr Fletcher claims that other recent road and intersection works in the shire have had no regard for buses and trucks, especially around the major supermarkets in Wonthaggi.