Upgrade for Bradley Street begins in September

REHABILITATION: Armidale Regional Council roadwork in Bradley Street removing forgotten fuel tanks.
REHABILITATION: Armidale Regional Council roadwork in Bradley Street removing forgotten fuel tanks.

Guyra's main street's upgrade will re-commence in September after grinding to a halt when disused fuel tanks were found beneath Bradley Street and the footpath late last year. Eight were subsequently removed during February and March.

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray could not give an end date for the project, saying council was going to work from Ollera Street up to Nincoola Street.

"Depending on if we can get additional funding, we'll then progress on further than that," he said,

Original plans costed the upgrade at $2.7 million, however, residents were unhappy with the subsequent reduction in parking for outdoor dining, and sent the designs back to the drawing board, which blew the budget by about $140,000, and sent council scrambling to find savings.

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Cr Murray said the original costing would still be the project's final cost.

"We're looking still at the $2.7 million, excluding the electrical works, were hoping Essential Energy will still come to the party on that," he said.

"We've already spent a fair bit of it on the design and the remediation of the underground fuel tanks.

"If we get more, we will continue the rehabilitation of the main street."

Cr Murray said the upgrade plan always covered the area from roughly the Post Office up to the Four-ways, and that remained the case.

"This has just been one of those ongoing sagas, what with the tanks being found, and the rehabilitation of them," he said.

"It's a slow process. Thank goodness the community has worked with council on this.

"There has been community members involved all the way through. It's not something council has done by themselves, this is community working with council.

The project was commenced on July 16, and was expected to be completed in mid-December