Locals against Herbert St gardens
THE majority of Allora residents don't want gardens and trees in the centre of Herbert Street, according to Southern Downs Regional Council engineering services director Peter See.
Mr See and landscape architect Stephen Palmer were at the Allora Hall on Friday and Saturday to receive community feedback on the proposed Allora Streetscape.
Four versions were put to residents.
Mr See was impressed with interest in the project as 60 people visited the display to look at the plans and put forward their point of view.
“I am happy with 60. I remember similar consultations at the Warwick Town Hall on regulated parking where only eight turned up.
Allora resident Maureen Shearing was one of the majority, about two thirds, who don't want trees in the centre of the main street as part of the streetscape.
“I am not in favour of gardens in the centre of the street or parallel parking,” Mrs Shearing said.
“It is good that the community is involved. I went to the other community forums on streetscape.
“I want to see the streetscape happen when there is adequate money available which is not committed to other projects. We have to get past the flood situation first.”
Mr See said the work had to be budgeted for but wouldn't happen until the start of the 2012/2013 financial year at the earliest.
“Once we have an estimate of cost and final plans, the council will put in for some grant money. It could be developed in stages just like Killarney,” he said.
“Cabling would be put under the street like it has been at Killarney for future undergrounding of power when Ergon Energy has the funding.”
Mr See said a number of residents had suggested piping for sewerage be laid at the same time as the streetscape.
“Generally speaking, most of the piping for any sewerage would be at the back of premises if sewerage went ahead at Allora,” he said.
One recurring theme was comment on the large number of elderly people who lived in the Allora area.
“We were told some had a restricted ability to man- oeuvre their vehicles,” Mr See said.
“It was not just the elderly talking about it but the younger people too.
“I noticed on Friday that a number of residents moved their vehicles a short distance to be closer to their next shop.”
Mr Palmer said the community must take a sense of ownership of the streetscape.
A total of $50,000 has been allocated for final concept plans and an engineering survey.