ROADWORKS: The section of Golding St and Yamba Plaza entrance/exit which Clarence Valley Council says presents a hazard.
ROADWORKS: The section of Golding St and Yamba Plaza entrance/exit which Clarence Valley Council says presents a hazard. Clair Morton

U-turn back on business

COMMUNITY complaints about traffic safety issues at the Yamba Plaza car park have spurred the Clarence Valley Council to action, but those who actually work and live nearby aren’t happy with their solution.

A U-turn bay scheduled to be installed by the council on Monday will mean vehicles leaving the plaza can only turn left into Golding St, before making a U-turn further down to get back to Yamba Rd.

Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said the new arrangements would be trialled over the next few months and were introduced after reports from residents’ groups and residents about safety at the site.

He said changes to the types of businesses operating from the area had resulted in a significant increase in the number of brief-stay vehicle movements.

“Council staff went down there and watched traffic movement and agreed something needed to be done to improve traffic movement and safety,” he said.

“We had vehicles leaving the plaza and crossing double unbroken lines before turning right into Golding Street. It was a hazard.”

But owner of Yamba Plaza cafe One Fine Cup Melissa Kelly said she had never been approached about, witnessed, or even heard of any problems to do with traffic safety until she was hand-delivered a letter on Wednesday notifying her of the works.

She believes there is a simpler solution in making the private car park one way, so occupants could only exit onto Yamba Rd.

“If they had just invited us to a meeting, I’m sure the business owners could come up with a better solution.

“Honestly I don’t care if they do it, but if there was a safety issue we all should have been approached about it first.”

Another person who is unhappy is Kay Cavanagh. The U-turn bay will be positioned outside her house on Golding St and while the letter delivered to local businesses said the changes would have no effect on access to adjacent residential driveways, she disagrees.

“As a resident I would say it will very much affect me,” she said.

“They’ll be heading down and doing U-turns around my street which means there’ll be a lot more traffic down my street. I wasn’t approached about it, and I don’t like the idea of it at all.”

On Wednesday Ms Cavanagh said she had not received any information about the roadworks.

Mr Anderson said there were no letterboxes for businesses in the plaza and sliding glass doors meant notifications could not be slid under doors.

He said the work was likely to be done inside a day and cost less than $1000.

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