Works ‘will move black spot’

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The in­ter­sec­tion has been the site of crashes and pedes­trian safety is­sues.

How­ever, two busi­nesses on Gugeri Street op­posed the works and com­mis­sioned a traf­fic con­sul­tant to re­view the orig­i­nal de­sign, which led to some mi­nor plan changes.

Di­a­mond Hire owner Ken Craig said if the works went ahead, a new black spot would be cre­ated on the south side of Gugeri Street. Ac­cess to his busi­ness would be re­duced and would likely lead to a loss in prof­its.

“Our busi­ness will suffer fi­nan­cially… the safety of trav­el­ling pub­lic will be com­pro­mised,” he said.

He urged coun­cil not to ap­prove the pro­posal un­til all pos­si­ble de­sign op­tions were ex­plored.

McCarthy’s Panel and Paint owner Al­lan McCarthy said he had daily de­liv­ery vans visit his busi­ness as well as ve­hi­cle dropoffs and the present pro­posed works were a “recipe for dis­as­ter”.

“It could be the worst money you’ve ever spent,” he said to coun­cil.

How­ever, Cr Alis­tair Tul­loch said the safest way to deal with the cross­ing was to in­stall lights and cross­ings.

Cr Tul­loch said Mr McCarthy owned the ad­ja­cent blocks, which could be used as park­ing op­tions.

Dogs’ Refuge Home gen­eral man­ager Judy Flana­gan wants pet own­ers to ster­ilise their an­i­mals af­ter more than 50 pup­pies came to the shel­ter.

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