Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor and Councillors failed to consult on the decision to close down a lane on princes Bridge.
Councillors Stephen Mayne, Jackie Watts and Richard Foster and the Greens claim to be advocates for open transparent government yet on this and many other issues issue they have failed to ensure decisions of council were made in open session.
Questions have been raised to the legality of the decision making process as decisions of Council are supposed to be made in open Council. It appears that controversial decisions are being made under delegation following consideration at closed session Councillor Forms, locking out members of the public, where councillors give a nod and a wink and the decision is made.
No opportunity for public comment on thee proposal which will see access to the city restricted. Residents South of the Yarra who are effected the most were not consulted.
If the issue appears in the Council budget papers then it is assumed that approval has been given.
Act of bad faith – Council credibility with the community at an all time low.
The Council’s budget papers indicated that the decision to build the bike lane was not possible before June 30 end of financial year.
Having deceived the public the Council held a serious of closed session and a decision has been made to announce the lane closure under the disguise of a “trial” .
Just last week the City Council engineers, Haig Poulson and Geoff Robertson had met with representatives of the Motorcyclist and Scooter riders association to discuss the road safety issues that had not been addressed by the City Council. Motorcyclists and Scooter riders had been left out of the Council Transport Strategy plan., The Council gave an undertaking that it would develop a traffic strategy plan similar to the Council’s Bike plane to look at issues of concern related to motorcycle scooter riders. In addition Haig Poulson undertook to before implementing any traffic engineering modification. In less than two weeks the Council reneged on its undertaking and pushed ahead with the Princes Bridge proposal, a proposal that will impact on road users, motorcycle and scooter riders in particular. Motorcycles safety is also at risk and they want equal access to many of the City’s bike lanes that are underutilized and in many cases empty.