B-DOUBLES will be banned from Browning and Kennedy streets within a matter of weeks.
The ban on the huge trucks is a win for people power with a small, but vocal, group of residents up against the bureaucracy of the Glenelg Shire Council and VicRoads.
Residents were elated at the announcement and that their campaign had won.
One of the residents, Jodi Stevenson, said she had doubts the campaign would succeed when they first started.
“People kept on telling us we were up against the Glenelg Shire Council and that we would never win,” she said.
The group of residents has been involved in a vocal campaign since January this year to stop the B-doubles.
On Monday another resident said it was when they had the first meeting with the council and the “council treated us like idiots … that made us more determined, that was the turning point.”
VicRoads south-west regional director William Tieppo has confirmed the June 30 date as the last day for B-doubles on the two residential streets.
It follows negotiations between the Glenelg Shire Council and VicRoads on the issue.
The two streets became a designated B-double route late last year when the Glenelg Shire sought that VicRoads include the streets as a designated route for the trucks in the Victorian Government Gazette.
The B-double drivers use the route to refuel at the Matthews Petroleum depot at Kennedy St.
A campaign by the residents eventually turned the council around, with the council resolving to have VicRoads re-gazette the two streets, deleting them as a designated route for B-doubles.
Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.