Too little too late to fight traffic lights
IN RESPONSE to the article in Friday’s Coastal Views (July 14), the time for Yamba residents to jump up and down about the proposed service station for Coles Express and whether there should be traffic lights or a roundabout to handle traffic flow at such a major intersection on the main road into Yamba was way back in 2016 when Coles, supported by Westlawn, submitted their development application.
I fear it is all too late as my understanding is that the DA was given the green light to go ahead, despite your article suggesting that the Environment, Planning and Community Committee meeting was to decide whether Clarence Valley Council should approve the DA or not.
Otherwise, however was it possible that two residential homes were removed to provide a site?
At about that time I had submitted a letter to the editor of our other local paper, opposing the DA giving all the reasons quoted by various residents in the Coastal Views article, in particular why would we need a second service station in Treelands Drive, which already provides us with an adequate service, and the fact that the proposed site is undoubtedly the busiest intersection in Yamba and the inherent dangers of petrol tankers having to access and exit such a restricted site.
Not a single response, merely highlighting the disinterest or apathy in Yamba which often occurs with controversial matters.
Not even the paper had an article on the proposal, not necessarily to take sides, but at least questioning the advisability of the proposal, which might have stimulated some local discussion.
It is probably now impossible to rescind any earlier decisions and review the DA from scratch, especially what is the best way of ensuring safe access and exit at this intersection.
It goes against my own personal views about traffic lights in Yamba, but if this service station comes to be, I feel it is the only safe solution, as the space just doesn’t seem to be adequate to put in a big enough roundabout for large fuel tankers and increased traffic flows.
— Brian Holley Shores Drive Yamba