Barnby Street traffic protest
By HUGH KEARNEY
BARNBY Street residents in central Murwillumbah have again raised concerns about the safety impact of a proposed residential development on their local suburban roads. The development company Metricon plans to build a 99-lot estate on land formerly owned by the Stainlay family. A master plan of the development and a briefing note presented by Tweed Shire Council to a meeting of residents last week shows construction traffic access to the estate for the first two stages of the project will be entirely via Barnby Street. But residents say Barnby Street is totally inadequate as an access route for heavy vehicles because it is narrow and winding, and without pedestrian walkways or footpaths. They say the street is also not capable of handling the estimated 600 additional traffic movements per day after the development is completed. After a public meeting, the developer changed the plan to have the development split into three stages. But Barnby Street resident Gretel Jones said despite the public meeting with Council and more than 200 responses to the Master Plan from residents, their concerns had fallen on deaf ears. "Our concerns have not been acknowledged let alone addressed in any form and the staging of the development means that the noise and heavy vehicles on our already busy local streets will continue unabated indefinitely," Ms Jones said. "Our overriding concern is the safety of our local roads will be hugely com- promised for both vehicles and especially pedestrians throughout development and afterwards with an estimated extra 600-plus vehicle movements per day. "A particular concern to me is the massive earthmoving equipment and building materials for the proposed development will be transported from Byangum Road along Barnby Street to the single access road, to avoid the steep William Street hill," she said. "The safety risk is enormous given the winding road with sight deficiencies and with no formed pedestrian pathways," Ms Jones said. "The use of Barnby St to transport building mate- rials cannot be allowed."