Res­i­dents on edge af­ter end­less crashes take toll

Coun­cil looks at ways to re­duce speed on busy thor­ough­fare

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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

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