Residents not being ‘filled in’ about road redevelopment

The current road situation at Kenilworth Avenue. Pictures - supplied.

By Mitchell Clarke

The lack of answers from Cardinia Shire Council regarding the condition of Kenilworth Avenue has left residents feeling like they’re stuck in a hole.

The road in Beaconsfield has become inundated with one to two metre wide and 15cm deep pot holes scattered across the road.

Many concerned residents claim these pot holes have turned the road into an “all time level of disgrace”.

Resident Sarah Vugs says she feels like she is constantly contacting council over the road.

“It’s frustrating as I feel like I get nowhere with them,” Ms Vugs said.

“Then we get told time after time that they are working with the contractor and developer to sort out a resolution – surely it doesn’t take nearly 18 months to sort it out!

“We, the residents, are angry that we have been left with a half-finished road for nearly 18 months with no time frame on when it will be completed. We are being left in the dark.”

Another resident contacted the Gazette to express her disappointment at the lack of action.

“As full rate payers we are entitled to safe passage, for our rates to be used to keep our families safe on this death trap and for workers who are paid by the Shire to actually meet the commitment,” she said.

“Just days into winter and with the rains a certainty over the next many months , the question is – who at council will stand up and champion what it takes to bring about change to this obvious, potentially deadly stalemate?”

Cardinia Shire Council has responded to the complaints, with General Manager Infrastructure and Environment Peter Benazic confirming they will be undertaking works within the coming week.

“Council is continuing to facilitate a prompt outcome between the developer and the contractor to enable works to re-commence on site,” Mr Benazic said.

“However, given the delays, council will be undertaking planned maintenance works in the coming week to re-sheet the surface of Kenilworth Avenue with new material to improve the condition of the road.”

In a further statement, council said they have been working on the designs for Stage 2 works to seal the section of the avenue from the Princes Highway overpass to Coach House Lane.

They intend for these works to be tendered before the end of the year, enabling works to commence and continue in unison with the Stage 1 works.

In the meantime, concrete bollards were installed by the Shire but residents claim they have been moved by an “obviously angry visitor” allowing cars to get through again.

“The concrete bollards installed across Kenilworth Avenue are to remain in place until the road works have been completed,” Mr Benazic said.

“If these have been moved, it has been done so illegally and council will inspect the site to ensure the bollards are correctly in place.”

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