Here we go again

Just as they did on so many occasions during the revitalization of the rail corridors through the City of Unley, and I might add from day 1, DPTI are at it again. This time as they gear up for what they say are safety inspired modifications to Greenhill Road.

Regular readers of this blog will probably predict what is next.

Yes DPTI are deflecting the angst being thrown at them by a different group of City of Unley residents using the magic word “Council”. When a resident expressed concern that all DPTI were doing was transferring a traffic issue from their commuter route to the back streets of Unley. Their response is you don’t have to worry because Unley Council are conducting a city wide LATM in the next financial year.

LATM stands for local area traffic management survey.

When I denied this with a typical Aussie response I was informed he knows because he has talked to Council. He was not impressed when one of the agitated in the audience exclaimed “and you know better than him even though he is an elected member”.

This reminds me of Jan 9 last year when the DPTI representative was loud is claiming Council would be building the Greenways bike-path. So much so that once again he claimed more knowledge than an elected member who actually has to approve Council conducting a project. Interesting that on that one that representative ended up taking over the project management of that project when a similar discourse with the residents adjacent that project was apparently not being handled to well by the project manager at the time.

So the scene is set yet again.

And if it goes the full course Council will be forced to step in a try an mitigate the problem that will be created if residents worst fears are found to be justified. Because that is what is happening at the end of that bike way. Yes we are spending rate payer money to make safe a situation created by DPTI

And then we have the new potential government threatening to cap our rates.

Oh the joy of it all.

Greenhill Road Median Strip project a copy of the Seaford Rail project and/or a forerunner for South Road?

The State Government’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy is alive and proceeding with the proposed Greenhill Road Median Strip Safety Improvements about to get under way. 

I ask if this project is going to follow the recent experiences of people residing adjacent the Seaford Rail Line and the Belair Line. Indeed I ask if what we are about to experience what we might expect when the travelling road show moves to the non stop South road project in years to come.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has released for public comment the details of proposed safety enhancements for Greenhill Road. Council has responded to this invitation, as i have individually (see below).

They have identified that motorists turning right (east) from the suburban side streets of the City of Unley are creating safety issues. Statistics indicate 66 injury crashes over a four year period.

Whilst I have communicated to them in my representation that I am not convinced they have the right answer my representation to them focuses on the level of public consultation they are undertaking. The question is are they consulting  or informing.

Here is the cause of my concern. The opportunity to have your say closes on the 17th of this month. That is 10 days away. If my memory is accurate they advised Council at a briefing they provided us that they will commence work once Clipsal has been completed. Last time I looked that is now.

So the question again is consult or inform. If the latter they can expect similar hostility at being disrespected as they did along the rail corridors.

And the next question is ….. will it be the same when they move to South Road, back into my Ward?

If you have an interest in this project you will have the opportunity to question the project team at nine other than the City of Unley Civic Library this coming Thursday (that is the 13th) between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm. I intend to call in.