Traffic threat to motel peace
MURWILLUMBAH moteliers Janelle and Neville Boyle rely on the motoring public for their livelihood but fear too much traffic could be a bad thing.
The couple have watched traffic along winding Byangum Road grow and are now fearful the quiet sidestreet beside their Murwillumbah Motor Inn could be turned into a major byway.
Currently West End Street is a narrow, littleused road which gives access to parking for the motel and a handful of houses.
But it could become a major access for a 100-house subdivision proposed nearby.
The Boyles moved to Murwillumbah two-and-a-half years ago for a lifestyle change, leaving the Hunter Valley where Neville was a coal miner and bred horses.
Desite increasingly busy daytime traffic along Byangum Road at the front of the motel, they said the area was peaceful by 7pm.
''We are not against the housing development, just against it using these roads, for both safety and business reasons,'' said Mrs Boyle.
''People go to a motel to sleep. And we are really concerned about the safety of Byangum Road. If they put in a loop road to take traffic away, school buses wouldn't have to use it.
''In the morning there is bus after bus on Byangum Road. But it is not set up to be a main road.''
Mrs Boyle said many school children walked to schools on footpaths along Byangum Road and had to cross it despite a lack of pedestrian crossings.
Her own three primaryschool-aged children who attend the Tweed Valley College cross the road to catch their school bus.
Increased traffic, she said, would put the children in extra danger and the already busy intersection of Byangum Road, Wollumbin and West End Streets could become a nightmare.