Too lit­tle too late to fight traf­fic lights

The Daily Examiner - - OPINION NEWS -

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

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