WARWICK Farm horse trainers say they are a step closer to a safer working environment after Liverpool Council expressed its commitment to building a road designed to take trucks off the streets they cross with their horses.
The trainers need to cross several of the suburb's streets to get from their stables to Warwick Farm racecourse and several of them have told the Champion this puts themselves and the horses in danger.
Councillor Peter Harle lodged a notice of motion at the council's meeting last week calling for $6 million to be withdrawn from the council's Iconic Building Reserve to build the road.
Liverpool Council officers have previously estimated that it would cost that much to extend Shore Street to give the trucks direct access from the industrial area in Scrivener Street to Governor Macquarie Drive.
Cr Harle's motion was defeated and councillors voted in another motion expressing their support for a bypass road and setting aside "funds from various council reserves" to build the road.
The motion, which was put by Councillor Tony Hadchiti, also called for detailed plans and tenders to be prepared.
Horse trainer Marc Conners said he felt the decision was a success for the people who work and live in the area.
"This is the first time we've had a council who all agree that we need to build this road," Mr Conners said.
"It's been up in the air for a long time, but these things are never easy because there are so many different parties involved here.
"Hopefully the council will be able to solve it now."
Cr Harle said he suggested that the money from the road be taken from the Iconic Building Fund because there was already a ready source of revenue there.
"It would have made things go a lot faster, but the Liberals opposed it," Cr Harle said.
"All of the residents in that area want the road, they've been waiting for it for 30 years."