Three Villages Community Group has completed its annual review of Central Coast Council’s proposed Operational Plan for next financial year, labelling it “bleak”.
“Spending has been slashed dramatically this year,” Three Villages member Monique Roy said on the group’s facebook page.
“The spending cuts are clear as most projects are from federal or state government grants. Very little is being spent beyond the bare essentials,” Ms Roy said.
“The 3 Villages only featured in 2 projects compared to our average of 6 projects.”
They were for an upgrade to main thoroughfare Steyne road and work on the Malinya Path.
All planning upgrade will be beginning in the new financial year, starting at the Village Rd end.
Work on Steyne Rd was due to start in the new financial year starting at the Villag Rd end and the Malinya path has been weather delayed but will hopefully resume soon, Ms Roy said.
The group, which covers the three villages of Saratoga, Davistown and Yattalunga, is asking Council to consider works in the following areas:
# High St Saratoga which is home to Brisbania Public School.
The majority of the street is unpaved with open drains forcing primary school aged students to navigate the road at peak times to get to school.
“I ask that High St be prioritised for gutter, drainage and pavement works so students can walk safely to school,” Ms Roy said.
# Kincumber Crescent Davistown
“Kincumber Crescent was scheduled for $550,000 worth of drainage, path and gutter upgrades in the 20/21 operational plan,” Ms Roy said.
“When council hit its financial issues those scheduled works were deferred.
“The current plan shows no plans to complete these scheduled works, and no plans for the next 2 years.”
The group wants those works prioritised as part of the 22/23 plan to ensure they are completed.
# Broadwater Drive Saratoga
“Recent rains have left Broadwater Drive in an almost impassable state,” Ms Roy said.
“The road is undervalued, not only does it carry traffic for the local residents, it also carries extra traffic due to its access to the Kincumber to Davistown path.
“The increased traffic is adding to the wear and tear of Broadwater drive and its need for urgent repair, especially as we head into the cooler months where coasties leave the beaches and head to bike paths for recreational activity,” she said.
# Pedestrian Crossings
Davistown Road is a main road between two schools that service almost 1500 local kids.
The group wants three pedestrian crossings:
# at Yattalunga at the Bourke Ave, Davistown Rd round about,
# at Davistown Road, Jirramba Rd intersection, and
# at Davistown Rd and High St intersection.
“Providing pedestrian crossings at these three key points would give the almost 7000 local families peace of mind to let their kids walk to school and have a huge impact on reducing local congestion at peak times,” Ms Roy said.
# Saratoga Oval
“Our much love local recreation space is overdue for funding to bring it up to a standard that it can be truly utilised by local residents, clubs and schools,” Ms Roy said.
“ I understand that an environmental impact study has to be done on the site.
“I ask that council prioritise grant funding for the money required for the environmental study so that funding for further works can be sought.”
Ms Roy is encouraging residents to write their own submissions to Council.
“The more submissions, the louder our voice and the more likely we are to be heard,” she said.
Fill out the form on https://centralcoastcouncil.syd1.qualtrics.com/…/SV…
Submissions close June 21.