Councillors vote to uphold Merrigang Street deferral

23 May, 2013

Wingecarribee Shire councillors last night upheld the deferral of the $1.9 million upgrade of Merrigang Street in Bowral to allow a thorough review of the planned work.

A rescission motion put forward by three councillors to recommence the works immediately was defeated.

The original decision to defer the project came after the Council meeting on 8 May where councillors voted in favour of deferring the four month project until the 2013/14 financial year.

The work was stopped on the eve before it was due to commence after some residents of Merrigang Street expressed concern at the removal and replacement of some of the existing trees required to accommodate the road’s improvements.

Proposed works for the road included the relocation of the existing gas and water mains, installation of new stormwater pipework, construction of new kerb and guttering, re-sealing of the road and planting of new trees.

Community consultation in relation to issues raised by residents will be held over the coming months and Council welcomes input from interested parties.

Council would like to stress that any costs being discussed within the community relating to the delay of the project and retention of existing trees are estimates only and the full costs are not known at this stage.

Councillors have asked that the work be scheduled to recommence in October 2013 after community consultation and following the conclusion of Tulip Time celebrations.

For further information, please contact Wingecarribee Shire Council on (02) 4868 0888.