Tick for township trucks

People in Mannum could see an increase in B-double vehicles coming through the township after a proposal was approved by Mid Murray Council at its July 10 meeting.

A report put to council in April had sought endorsement of the proposal for a number of roads to be a B-double route to support TR Male Transport, but elected members asked for the community be consulted first.

Council put the proposal out to the public for consultation, but only received two responses; one supported a six-month trial period, and the other – who lived along the route – was against it.

The resident held concerns for children outside school hours, for example during school holidays or at times when sport or events were held at the Mannum Community Hub.

“Residents on the roads covered by this proposal have purchased their land and built their homes under the impression they could have a quiet and peaceful lifestyle. Peace of mind for the safety of their children on the roads, and a quiet residential area for the not-so-young,” the resident wrote in opposition.

The respondent who supported the proposal hoped the permit could include Horwood Bagshaw’s main entrance if needed in the future.

“I believe to keep Mannum moving ahead in the future we need to make some allowances to help any business growth,” they said.

In the report put to elected members this month, the council’s asset system officer Russell Pilbeam recommended the route be put in place with a permit for two years, which included a review period of six months and a review of community feedback over that time.

Mr Pilbeam also recommended the route could not be in operation during school hours.

Council chief executive officer Russell Peate said all comments had been taken on board, but the approval had been unanimous.

“It’s been approved and it will be reviewed in six months. It’s gone through as is and we’ll get back to those who made comments”