Com­mon sense

The Chronicle - - NEWS | OPINION -

AS A ratepayer and res­i­dent in the Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil area, the town of Pittsworth to be ex­act, I write re­gard­ing the land­scap­ing in Yandilla which sur­rounds the two round­abouts on the Mur­ray St/Yandilla St in­ter­sec­tion and the Short St/Yandilla St in­ter­sec­tion.

Fol­low­ing an hor­rific ac­ci­dent on the Mur­ray St/Yandilla St in­ter­sec­tion which in­volved two small chil­dren on their way to school, the gar­dens have been se­verely pruned and so have those on the other round­about.

Com­mon sense has pre­vailed. It was only a mat­ter of time be­fore there was an ac­ci­dent.

Many driv­ers of small ve­hi­cles have com­plained about those gar­dens ob­struct­ing their view of traf­fic.

Un­for­tu­nately for the chil­dren and the driver of the ve­hi­cle in­volved in that ac­ci­dent, it is some­thing they will live with for the rest of their lives.

I can only thank God that no fa­tal­ity oc­curred.

What many towns­peo­ple have also com­plained about, and rightly so, is the fact that there are no pedes­trian cross­ings in the main street ex­cept for the one from the car­a­van park across to the skate park on the far west­ern end of Yandilla St.

Sure there are those two half­way cross­ings on ei­ther side of the Short St/Yandilla St round­about, but in our town there are many el­derly res­i­dents and the main shop­ping ar­eas are around the IGA su­per­mar­ket and on the other side of the street, the newsagency, chemist and doc­tor.

Then on the west­ern side of Yandilla St, from the post of­fice across to those busi­nesses around the Sen­tinel of­fice.

Fur­ther frus­tra­tion oc­curs for the res­i­dents who have lim­ited vi­sion but are still li­censed to drive their scoot­ers or “go­phers” if you like.

They are not per­mit­ted to drive into the main street but park in the laneways near­est to where they shop. Then they take their lives into their own hands or feet, walk­ing across the road where there is no pedes­trian cross­ing.

It is mad­ness to have to do down to those half­way cross­ings and then have to walk back up the other side of the street to ac­cess the busi­ness houses.

My plea is for the safety of our res­i­dents or any­one who shops in our town, to have pedes­trian cross­ings to en­able them to cross the street safely. Can com­mon-sense pre­vail here? — K SUL­LI­VAN, Pittsworth

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