RESIDENTS who have had crashes or near-misses at the intersection of Mitre, Suttor and Lambert streets in West Bathurst voiced their concerns to councillors on Wednesday night.
The intersection has become a hot topic in recent weeks as residents Kent and Dianne McNab campaign for a solution to the confusing spot before someone is seriously injured or killed.
The couple, who have been collecting signatures for a petition, brought a number of people with them to Wednesday night’s meeting of Bathurst Regional Council so they could be heard.
Anna McKleish pleaded with councillors to fix the intersection.
She detailed her own accident at the intersection on November 25, 2016, where her vehicle was hit in front of The Assumption School by a car travelling down Suttor Street.
“It happened around 9.30am. If it had happened about 10 or 15 minutes earlier, there were new infant children coming to enroll at the school and having an orientation day at the school,” Ms McKleish said.
“If the accident happened a little bit prior to me hitting that intersection, there would have been drama. It might have been a fatality.”
She said the incident had a big impact on her and could have been much worse for her family than just having a car written off.
“I’m a carer for my husband; I need to be alive. I could have been dead that day because of the way that incident happened,” Ms McKleish said.
Another resident, Danny Stapleton, said in his 35 years of living on Suttor Street he had seen many near-misses and also come close to being taken out himself.
The biggest issue, he said, is the number of streets that people have to check before moving through the intersection, in addition to the car park, taxi rank and The Assumption School.
“There is enough things to look at just to try and get through the intersection everyday without worrying about the children as well,” Mr Stapleton said.
“It is only a matter of time before someone is going to be seriously injured or killed.”
The McNab family has so far collected more than 1200 signatures on their petition.
They hope council will apply for and secure funding to improve safety at the intersection.
I could have been dead that day because of the way the incident happened.Resident Anna McKleish