Works ‘will move black spot’
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.
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