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Policy Review - Public Gates and Motor Bypass (Grids)

Attachment 1

18220/2008 - Draft - Policy - Roads - General Erection of Public Gates and Motor Bypass (Grids)

 

 

 

 

 

NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

POLICY

ROADS – GENERAL

ERECTION OF PUBLIC GATES

AND MOTOR BYPASS (GRIDS)

 

 

 

Function:  ENGINEERING SERVICES

 

 

Adopted:  20 FEBRUARY 1997 (028)

Last reviewed:  17 NOVEMBER 2005 (075)

15 JANUARY 2009

 

 

 

1.0       Policy objective

 

1.1       The safe and unimpeded access along a road is reduced by the presence of public gates and motor bypass.  To improve the situation Council will not allow new ones to be constructed and installed and requires that existing ones are upgraded and thereafter remain maintained and insured by the landowner.

 

 

2.0       Related legislation

 

Roads Act 1993, Division 2 Public Gates, Clauses 128 to 137

 

 

3.0       Definitions

 

Motor Bypass – A combination of a gate and a grid in lieu of roadside fencing.

 

 

4.0       Policy statement

 

4.1       No new public gates or grids will be permitted to be erected on public roads controlled by Council.

 

4.2       Existing ramps as identified in the register (August 2008) may only remain in place if they are maintained to an acceptable level by the landowner.  The acceptable standard being:

 

a)   Ramp strengthened to carry a T44 traffic loading

b)   Erection and maintenance of sign posting in accordance with Australian Standards

c)   Clear width of 3.6 metres

d)   Steel construction (Timber will not carry the heavy traffic loads

e)   No damage evident to grid rails

f)    Regularly cleared and free of silt

g)   Ramp must comply with the Roads Act 1993 – Public Gates

– Notice on gate 75 mm high saying “PUBLIC GATE” and the allocated registration number.

 

4.3       Clause 130 of the Roads Act 1993 allows the Road Authority to revoke a public gate permit and the occupier of the land has one month from the date of the notice to comply.


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ROADS – GENERAL

ERECTION OF PUBLIC GATES

AND MOTOR BYPASS (GRIDS)

 

 

5.0       History

 

5.1       Council permitted the erection of public gates up to the 17 July 2008.  From that time no new public gates will be permitted.

 

5.2       Existing ramps can only remain in place if maintained to a safe standard.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in an instruction to remove the gate/ramp, restore the road and to install roadside fencing.

 

5.3       Council expects that existing ramps will have been upgraded by the 30 June 2009.

 

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