Tamworth Regional Council calls for community comment on CBD slow down

SAFETY BOOST: A 28-day public exhibition of council 40km/h CBD proposal is open callling for community comment. Photo: Peter Hardin 071116PHC122

SAFETY BOOST: A 28-day public exhibition of council 40km/h CBD proposal is open callling for community comment. Photo: Peter Hardin 071116PHC122

COUNCIL has put the call out for community comment on their $300,000 plan to protect pedestrian in the CBD.

But the suite of road projects including kerb blisters, pedestrians refugee zones and crossings is not set in concrete just yet, as Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) awaits a $300,000 commitment from the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) to carry out the works.

“This is another step in the growth and the development and the modernisation in the Tamworth CBD and it’s great to see our CBD has the potential to move into line with other progressive cities around the nation,” TRC mayor Col Murray said.

“Our CBD will die very quickly if pedestrians consider it as an unsafe place to be.”

While residents can make their thoughts known about the project via email, letter and a new online survey portal on council’s website, the works could change drastically if the RMS fails to come to the party.

“I think the council would have to have a really good rethink if the RMS wasn’t ready to contribute.

“The RMS haven’t as yet committed but they have indicated the opportunity is there for them to participate with 50 per cent of the construction costs.”

The mayor also hit back at suggestions the project’s cost comes at the expense of roadworks in outer parts of Tamworth.

“I guess the people in the city would be entitled to ask why do we spend so much of our budget on rural roads when so few of our community live there,” he said.

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