EMER­ALD PARK RES­I­DENTS FED UP.

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

A group of an­gry Emer­ald Park es­tate res­i­dents in Wel­lard say they are fed up with hoons tear­ing up and down their street and have started a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the City of Kwinana to in­tro­duce traf­fic-calming mea­sures.

Res­i­dents on Crys­tal Ter­race say their street, used as a thor­ough­fare for speed­ing and reck­less driv­ers, has be­come a “tick­ing time bomb” and they fear for the safety of fam­i­lies and young chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents, Crys­tal Ter­race had be­come the ma­jor en­try point into Emer­ald Es­tate from John­son Road be­cause it was the first point of en­try for mo­torists com­ing off the Kwinana Free- way at Mortimer Road. Colin Walpole said the hoon prob­lem had been get­ting worse on a daily ba­sis since he moved into his prop­erty in Fe­bru­ary.

“The cop­pers would have a field day down here,” Mr Walpole said.

“If you put a cam­era down the side of the road you would pick up at least 20 speed­ers per day.

“I would say 50 per cent of the blocks in the es­tate aren’t even oc­cu­pied yet, so you can imag­ine what it’s go­ing to be like when it’s full.”

Mem­ber for Kwinana Roger Cook wrote to the City of Kwinana in April to voice his con­cerns over pedes­trian and driver safety.

De­spite the claims from res­i­dents, Mayor Carol Adams said the City of Kwinana had com­pleted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the traf­fic, find­ing the av­er­age op­er­at­ing speed to be within the posted limit.

“Be­tween April 26 and May 9, 2016, the City in­stalled traf­fic coun­ters on Crys­tal Ter­race to mon­i­tor the speed and vol­ume of the ve­hi­cles,” Cr Adams said.

“This sur­vey found more than 95 per cent of traf­fic was within or be­low the speed limit of 50km/h, mean­ing the road does not qual­ify for traf­fic-calming works at this time.”

La­bor can­di­date for Bal­divis Reece Whitby said the street was full of fam­i­lies with young kids.

“Front yards are small and only slightly set back from the road,” he said.

“I fear it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore a young child runs out on to the road and is hit by a car.”

The City urged res­i­dents who wit­nessed instances of hooning to re­port them to po­lice.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Emer­ald Park res­i­dents Colin and Valerie Walpole say Crys­tal Ter­race has turned into a hot spot for dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

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