Cross about cross­ing

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

HE LIVES on the edge of Coffs CBD but can’t get into town. Chris Peers is legally blind, he is proudly in­de­pen­dent and gets about us­ing a cane.

“I get about all right but the most frus­trat­ing thing is I can’t get into town to do some­thing sim­ple like buy a new pair of shoes.” Chris said.

“Town cen­tre is just across the road but, be­cause there is no pedes­trian cross­ing, I can’t get safely to the other side.”

The road is Earl St, where it crosses Har­bour Drive. A busy in­ter­sec­tion with a roundabout and su­per­mar­ket, com­mu­nity cen­tre and skate park fac­ing it.

“I can get to Coles us­ing the pedes­trian cross­ing right out­side the store but I can’t get across Earl St safely.

“At times boys from the skate park have stopped traf­fic so I can get across, and oc­ca­sion­ally, but not of­ten, a mo­torist stops but some­thing needs to be done. I’ve been clipped a cou­ple times from fold­away side mir­rors on cars,.

“I’m not ask­ing just for me, there are plenty of other res­i­dents, mums and kids from the nearby parks who walk along here to get to town.

“I’ve con­tacted An­drew Fraser’s of­fice, Luke Hart­suyker’s of­fice and the coun­cil. Mayor Denise Knight spoke with me twice and was ex­tremely nice but couldn’t give me a di­rect an­swer.”

A Coffs Har­bour City Coun­cil spokesper­son said, “We have al­ready in­ves­ti­gated a num­ber of pos­si­ble op­tions in­clud­ing a new marked pedes­trian cross­ing at the site.

“Ide­ally we would like to re­solve the is­sue as soon as pos­si­ble but un­for­tu­nately in this par­tic­u­lar case there are a num­ber of lim­i­ta­tions on our abil­ity to act freely.

“New pedes­trian cross­ings in NSW require the per­mis­sion of the RMS. Our last sub­mis­sion was re­jected be­cause the traf­fic and pedes­trian us­age at the site did not meet the min­i­mum vol­umes to gain ap­proval. We con­tinue to work on the is­sue and are retest­ing the traf­fic and pedes­trian vol­umes with a view to tak­ing the case back to the RMS as soon as is pos­si­ble.”

Photo: Trevor Veale

AT RISK: Chris Peers faces danger each time he tries to cross Earl St. Sub­scribers can watch video on­line of his daily or­deal.

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