By Jackson Russell
A Broadford resident has raised his concern with a development on Davidson Street that has created a narrow road.
Richard Frost has been living on Davidson Street for more than 40 years while it was a dead-end gravel road.
Now the road has had gutters installed and is going to be sealed due to the development of land on the opposite side of Mr Frost’s house.
Mr Frost said it was now too narrow to get cars through if there were parked cars on either side.
“You’d have trouble getting through if you were on a push bike or a motorbike,” he said.
“It’s just crazy because there’s plenty of room to make it wider. Why they didn’t, nobody knows.”
While the road has been built to 6.3 metres wide, there are substantial nature strips on either side of the road.
Mr Frost said the first he heard of the development was from a letter drop two days before works started.
“It’s just ridiculous because none of us were consulted and they’ve just gone ahead and done it and made the road narrower,” he said.
“If there were cars parked there and an ambulance had to go up there, or a fire truck, there’s no way known they would get through.”
Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe said the planning permit was advertised in December 2018 and council stepped in to widen the road from the developer’s original plans.
“Mitchell Shire Council has engaged with the developer across this project and requested Davidson Street be widened to 6.3 metres,” he said.
“As with any significant development in our shire, the planning permit was advertised on December 18, 2018 and was open for public comment. Submissions closed on January 19, 2019,” he said.
“No submissions were received by council.”
Cr Lowe reiterated the need to drive to the conditions of any road.
“This is extremely important in subdivisions where we have a strong family presence which means cars and pedestrians will interact,” he said.