Council discusses concerns about new bridge

As part of an ongoing campaign against the location of a new bridge along the Nepean River, Nepean River Users Group chairman Brett Kelly addressed Penrith City Council with a list of requests on Monday night. 

Mr Kelly asked that a representative from his group be appointed onto the steering committee for the new bridge, that a user and economic impact study be conducted as part of the planning and development process, that there be better consultation with the community and that the bridge be built adjacent to Victoria Bridge, rather than 200 metres down from it. 

Following his address to Council, Mr Kelly said he was pleased with the reception he received. 

‘‘It went well,’’ he said. 

‘‘They were interested in what our views were and we asked them if they could help us get those five things done. 

‘‘They were polite and interested, they asked great questions, and we left it in their hands to follow through with that can be done to help everyone work together for the best outcome.’’

As it is the steering committee, not the council, who play a large role in the planning and development of the new bridge, Mr Kelly said he was unsure how effective his plea would be in executing change and action. 

‘‘I'm not sure what the next step is,’’ he said.

‘‘We're just going to keep gathering signatures and try and engage people in the discussion.’’The group have gathered more than 2000 signatures on a petition against the new bridge and their Facebook page, ‘‘Nepean River Users Group opposes second bridge solution to safe passage’’ has attracted more than 220 supporters. 

Mr Kelly said the high numbers proved there were more people than simply those that live on the river banks supporting their cause.

He added that it was therefore ‘‘disingenuous to suggest’’ the group's concerns only reflected those of residents who live nearby the proposed location of the new bridge.

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