Traders differ over value of ring road

A NUMBER of Murwillumbah shopkeepers have welcomed calls for a ring road to ease traffic in the town even though the local chamber of commerce is wary.

Jim Larkin of the Electric Light Shop was one Main Street shopkeeper who yesterday voiced concern that he would lose business unless the traffic overload in the heart of Murwillumbah was resolved.

"At the moment we get a lot of people from Banora Point and those areas who won't go to Tweed Heads anymore because of the traffic," he said. "If it gets like that here you will end up with the same problem."

Some shopkeepers had mixed feelings and some thought the parking issue was far more urgent.

But Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce president Paul Waters said the town was way off needing a ring road and that it was a well-known factor in business that traffic flow equals business.

"To actually bypass the town with a ring road is a bit fanciful," he said.

"The population growth in Murwillumbah is still quite small. I think business people would be poorly advised to look for any traffic bypass."

Mr Waters said he was in town all day every day and did not think there was a traffic problem.

"I was recently at a major Gold Coast shopping centre and drove around for 20 minutes looking for a park and eventually left as did many others that I was following around, without getting out of my car."

Residents along Byangum Road and near a proposed 100-house subdivision off Barnby Street have proposed the ring road.

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