Speed limit on Beresford foreshore to stay: City

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John Love has gathered 75 signatures on a petiton calling for reduced speed limits and a crosswalk on Beresford Foreshore.
Camera IconJohn Love has gathered 75 signatures on a petiton calling for reduced speed limits and a crosswalk on Beresford Foreshore. Credit: Geoff Vivian/The Geraldton Guardian, Geoff Vivian

The City of Greater Geraldton has apologised for not replying to Beresford resident John Love’s request for information two years ago, after he had a petition tabled in Parliament.

In May 2019, Mr Love asked the council if it could reduce the speed limit to 50km/h along part of Chapman Road, and place a crosswalk near the sculpture Horizon and the Mark Street intersection.

“I apologise that you did not receive an update to your requests,” City engineering manager Michael Dufour wrote.

Mr Dufour said Main Roads would not allow the City to reduce the speed limit without fulfilling certain legal requirements.

“Main Roads … require that the average speed on Chapman Road must be demonstrated to 50 km per hour in order to reduce the posted speed limit,” he wrote.

He said the City had collected traffic data and the average speed remained at 60km/h. He said Main Roads only allowed zebra crossings on roads with a maximum posted speed limit of 50km/h.

However Mr Love wrote in reply accusing the council of “obstructing” his efforts.

“It would be heartening if Council could in fact lend support to this change of speed limit instead of being like ostriches with their head stuck in sand,” he wrote.

“Your reply further highlights Council's inability to move with the times and to make any real effort to further enhance the access to the marvellous amenities along the foreshore of Chapman Road.”

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