Residents on edge after endless crashes take toll
Council looks at ways to reduce speed on busy thoroughfare
We have had vehicles land in our front yard, debris land in our yard. We have had to call ambulances and police to attend to the drivers of the offending cars
ARMITAGE Drive in Glendenning is being described as a “nightmare” by residents who are reporting a never-ending string of accidents in the area.
The street is about 1.4km long and is used as a thoroughfare through the suburb, with Glendening Public School and St Francis of Assisi Primary School at either end.
Roads and Maritime Services data shows that between 2012 and 2014 there were five accidents on the street, but residents say that statistic should be much higher.
Andrew and Leah Maskus have lived on Armitage Drive for 15 years and said the issue had become out of control.
“We have lived at this residence for over 15 years and in that time we have witnessed at least eight accidents directly in front of our house.” she said.
“We have had vehicles land in our front yard, debris land in our yard. We have had to call ambulances and police to attend to the drivers of the offending cars.
“It is only a matter of time before there is a fatality on Armitage Drive.”
Mr Maskus is now calling on Blacktown Council to make changes to the road.
“I heard someone flying around the corner and I was walking through the lounge room and saw them slam into the back of my work car, which sent it flying about 15m down the road,” he said.
“A lot of streets aren’t shaped like this and there are a lot of blind areas where you can’t see around the corner until the last minute.
“I would like to see some sort of traffic calming … whether it be speed humps, and I would like to see lines in the middle of the street.”
Jake Robertson, who has lived on Armitage Drive for 18 years, agreed the issue had become out of hand.
“We have had our fence taken out twice,” he said.
“As well there was someone that came flying down the road went up the gutter and hit my dad’s car and my car a few months ago.”
A council spokesman said the council had received two complaints from Armitage Drive residents.
“Blacktown City Council is not responsible for fining drivers for speeding, but has passed on residents’ concerns to the (police) local area command with a request that the speed limit in Armitage drive be enforced,” he said.
The spokesman said the council would be taking action to reduce speed on the street.
“A double barrier centre line and edge line will be placed along the entire length of Armitage Drive, Glendenning, which clearly defines a parking lane as well as the travelling lanes,” he said.
“This has the effect of narrowing the street and limiting the speed.”
Leah Maskus and her daughter Heather, 16, and (inset) a car damaged in Armitage Drive this year. Picture: Carmela Roche