Brunswick: Residents outraged at Moreland’s eyesore streets
by Virginia Millen
Moreland’s southern streets are considered eyesores by residents, with almost three-quarters of residents unhappy about the cleanliness of their street, a survey has found.
The Cleaner Streets for Moreland survey delivered by state MP Jane Garrett from May to June to the electorate of Brunswick had 455 responses representing more than 1000 Moreland residents.
The survey found although residents were generally proud of their community, 70 per cent of respondents were not happy with the cleanliness of their street. The main concerns were litter on the streets, dumping, uneven and poorly repaired footpaths, weeds, broken glass, graffiti and vandalism.
More than half of those who reported dumping to Moreland Council felt their complaints were not responded to quickly and effectively. More than 70 per cent of residents experienced problems with uneven or broken footpaths, with one comment by a resident that members of his household had fallen on uneven footpaths because of tree roots.
At July’s council meeting it was revealed by North-East ward councillor Michael Teti that Moreland Council is 26 years behind schedule in repairing its footpaths.
The council voted on whether to remove $200,000 from the 2014-15 budget allocated to footpaths to partially fund the $450,000 street lighting project.
Instead, in a heated debate, the majority voted to reallocate $100,000 from the council’s Carbon Management Project and $105,000 from the Christmas decoration project. The remaining $245,000 was reallocated from the roads budget.
Brunswick Residents Network spokesman Nic Maclellan said broken footpaths are a major concern to residents. “Concern over the unevenness and damage to footpaths has been a major issue raised,” he said. “A number of elderly people who walk around the suburb are concerned about mobility.”
Deputy mayor and South ward councillor Meghan Hopper said it was vital the council address footpath redevelopment. “People will be pleased to see that the footpath budget has remained untouched and all projects will continue as planned,” she said. “But certainly council does have a responsibility to make sure dumped rubbish is collected and cleaned up if people leave it on the streets.”
Ms Garrett said the survey showed expectations about local amenity are not being met.
Melbourne Times, June 15 2014
The survey can be accessed below