Councillor Basil Cameron was frustrated that his attempt to create safer roads for everyone was delayed at the last council meeting.
Cr Cameron had put forward a detailed motion to increase the road signage, run an education campaign and look at the possible appointment of a road safety officer. However, Mayor Simon Richardson, supported by councillor Lyon, put forward an amendment as they believed it would create un-budgeted for expenditure.
After lengthy debate Crs Richardson and Lyon included significant parts of Cr Cameron’s original motion.
‘It is disappointing that councillors have chosen to delay any action improving road safety until the possible appointment of a Road Safety Officer following a further report to be brought to Council in November,’ Cr Cameron told Echonetdaily.
‘My motion could have been actioned much sooner by having the responsible committee, the Transport and Infrastructure Advisory Committee (TIAC) undertake the groundwork necessary to conduct a road safety awareness campaign.
‘Councillors also backed away from the installation of signage, which could have been quickly achieved by using the Risk Management Reserve. Contrary to commentary from the Mayor and some Councillors, this would not have created a new budget allocation or impacted on Council’s working funds.’
In response Cr Lyon told Echonetdaily that while ‘Cr Cameron may be disappointed [and that] I support these road safety measures in principle, the time to incur additional costs is during the budget process, not three months in to the financial year. Hopefully we can attain grant funding for the road safety officer who can undertake this important work.’