No way out from road clo­sure city

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

I be­lieve that City of Kar­ratha is not as fit­ting a name for us as City of Closed Roads.

For many years now we have had non-stop road clo­sures. We can lose ac­cess to our roads for many months at a time.

It seems the longer we lose them, when we get them back the roads and the park­ing bays have shrunk. There are sud­denly tiny roads with no room to move (or for trucks) and tremen­dously re­duced park­ing bay num­bers, which are less user-friendly.

I think the ar­chi­tects would be bet­ter suited to Le­goland as their de­signs are not suited to real-world us­age.

When driv­ing, you will of­ten not even know there is a road clo­sure un­til you get to the point where the road is closed. It is even pos­si­ble to go to the shop­ping cen­tre and try to leave by the same exit 15 min­utes later and — road closed.

Need to run a sport­ing event? No wor­ries, we have roads and we will close them. Should we use a sport­ing oval, of which we have many? No way.

Want to run any other kind of event? We have roads and we will close them. Why does ev­ery event have to be po­si­tioned out­side the multi-storey build­ing so roads have to be closed? Why not some­where with room with­out dis­rupt­ing the town?

It seems the coun­cil is de­ter­mined that even when you have no in­ter­est or in­ten­tion of par­tic­i­pat­ing in their ac­tiv­i­ties, they will in­volve you. Julie Rosa, Kar­ratha

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