En­field dust

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

It was in­ter­est­ing to read the ar­ti­cle “Ex­ces­sive En­field traf­fic claim” in last week’s Free Press, a cou­ple of things bought a smile to may face.

As Mr Tull is com­plain­ing about the num­ber of ve­hi­cles and dust, I rightly or maybe wrongly pre­sume he lives in the new house on the stretch of En­field St from Dureau’s corner to Spring Drive.

If I am cor­rect in this as­sump­tion all I can say is you built a home on a known dirt road, and dirt roads and ve­hi­cle traf­fic cause dust.

Our roads have had a con­sis­tent in­crease in the num­ber of heavy ve­hi­cle use, be they trucks or B doubles go­ing from one high­way (Sturt) to an­other (Hume) and areas in between over prob­a­bly the last 10 years.

I have lived in the north­ern end of Ceme­tery Road since 1984 when it was all dirt up to Red­lands Rd. As the In­dus­trial area grew part of this road was sealed - luck­ily for us it was to our drive­way.

How­ever the num­ber of ve­hi­cles which are us­ing this by-pass, Honour Ave, Bul­li­court Rd. Ceme­tery Rd ei­ther turn­ing into the in­dus­trial area or go­ing down to Spring Drive are now not one or two a day but sev­eral ev­ery hour, and they are able to travel at 100kph un­til they reach the 80kph re­stric­tion at Nors­man Rd.

I can stand in my front yard and see the dust com­ing from the top part of Bul­li­court Rd, and it drifts across the pad­docks and un­til the ve­hi­cle is on the sealed sec­tion its iden­tity can­not be seen.

About 25 years ago we were told that Bul­li­court and Ceme­tery Roads would be a sealed of­fi­cial town by-pass for heavy ve­hi­cles and we would prob­a­bly lose some of our land, in fact we were given a plan, this has never even­tu­ated.

But like Mr Tull we built a home on a dirt road know­ing that there would be dust but have never thought to com­plain.

Fel­low ratepayer

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