YOU’D have to wear rose coloured glasses to deny that our poverty pack Plan B (or C) Cook Plaza is without its shortfalls.
And it was distressingly obvious to all and sundry last week during a school function - only the second large function at the site since completion last year.
As part of Catholic Schools Week the kids from Lithgow St Pat’s infants and primary schools, together with a swarm of family members, descended on the plaza for a public choral performance.
With temperatures in the high 20s, limited seating and absolutely no shade those kids had to sit on hot concrete while awaiting their turn.
Not surprisingly parents just about cleaned out bottled water supplies from nearby shops.
Before Council’s cost cutting and slash and burn program the original plan for the plaza called for bluestone paving and shade sails.
What we finished up with was raw, glaring concrete and no shade.
AN accident on Thursday when a blind man and his wife walking with a guide dog were injured when struck by a ute reversing from a narrow driveway beside Lithgow’s Reliance Bank has highlighted the need for safety mirrors on all driveways crossing Main Street footpaths. The woman suffered a fractured skull, her husband less serious injuries. The mirrors should be an urgent priority but like most things we won’t hold our breath waiting.
STILL on State politics and an independent and a former Green are still waffling on about a State Wars style tunnel under the Blue Mountains. That’s fairyland stuff and is never going to happen, at least any time soon. any time soon A former Orange political hopeful had the tunnel idea some years ago, suggesting it could emerge in the Kanimbla Valley. Pity they don’t apply their support to the more realistic Bells Line Expressway, which also won’t happen any time soon.