Turf war over tarring

Steve Jones is annoyed a 20m section out the front of his Winmalee property adjoining an 800m local access road has not been sealed by the council because it was too close to Hawkesbury Rd and deemed the responsibility of RMS.

Steve Jones is annoyed a 20m section out the front of his Winmalee property adjoining an 800m local access road has not been sealed by the council because it was too close to Hawkesbury Rd and deemed the responsibility of RMS.

It seems like a case of bureaucracy gone mad.

At Winmalee an 800-metre local access road has been sealed by Blue Mountains City Council last week - except for a 20m stretch out the front of Steve Jones' home at the end of the road.

Mr Jones was told by the council this part of the road was not sealed as it was within 4 metres of Hawkesbury Rd, which is RMS responsibility.

He thought this madness, especially considering some parts of the road sealed were only 2m from Hawkesbury Rd.

"It's an absolute bureaucratic approach and a waste of public funds as now RMS will have to bring out excavation equipment, including graders, front end loaders, rollers and and then the materials in order for the area outside my home to be made safe and free of hazard or risk, and for it to be consistent with BMCC works," Mr Jones said.

"I am at a loss as to why BMCC couldn't speak to RMS and seek permission to continue on the 20 metres."

He said it was also a safety issue.

"When it rains the area outside my home floods and vehicles travelling could quite easily aquaplane and other road users often cut across the area outside my home leaving potholes and creating a dust cloud and the area also becomes slippery and muddy," Mr Jones said.

A council spokeswoman said the area outside Mr Jones' property was not part of the access road - it was on the shoulder of Hawkesbury Rd - and was therefore RMS responsibility.

"The portion of the local access road beyond the point that was sealed by council, is under RMS management, being the part of the local access road within 4 metres of Hawkesbury Rd. In accordance with RMS directive, council did not seal any roadway under RMS management," the spokeswoman said.

"Council notified all residents located along the local access road of its intention to seal the portion of the road under council management, in advance of commencing the work.

"Mr Jones received this notification clearly stating that his driveway would not be included in the sealing work."

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