Residents fear pedestrian crossing could be axed

SAVE THE CROSSING: Kent McNab, Bob Triming, Shirley Jackson, Dianne McNab, Kaye Triming and Inez Funnell at the crossing in Suttor Street.
SAVE THE CROSSING: Kent McNab, Bob Triming, Shirley Jackson, Dianne McNab, Kaye Triming and Inez Funnell at the crossing in Suttor Street.

AS the fight to upgrade the Suttor and Mitre streets intersection continues, there are now concerns if the area is revamped, the pedestrian crossing in Suttor Street will be axed.

Kent McNab, who lives near by the intersection and has collected over 4200 signatures supporting it’s upgrade, said he was disturbed to find the crossing removed from the last plan. 

His concern is shared by other residents, and Chair of the the Bathurst Access Committee, Bob Triming, who said he was at a loss why council would give up the pedestrian crossing.

“Crossings are so hard to get now, I can’t imagine why they would give it up; it’s vitally important the crossing remains.”

Mr McNab agreed, saying  the upgrade “needs to be done properly.”

General Manager of Bathurst Regional Council David Sherley, said the preliminary design of the roundabout is only a concept at this stage, dependent on Black Spot funding from the Federal Government.

“If funding is secured, the next stage would be to develop a detailed design to provide options for an accessible intersection for both vehicles and pedestrians. A pedestrian crossing as well as alternative pedestrian treatments will be considered during the preparation of the roundabout's detailed design,” he said.