RE: There Are Too Many Traffic Worries With This Taco Bell Location, letter, September 2.
With regards to Ms Perry's Taco Bell letter, I agree that "... there would be a lot of congestion on this intersection and it would become much more dangerous".
Ms Perry has constructively and thoughtfully outlined some very good points.
Where I divide with the letter's author is the alternative location of the old Harvey Norman building in Kelso to house Taco Bell.
Kelso does not need another multinational-owned fast food outlet or franchised shopfront sitting on the fringe of one of our city's poverty pockets.
Taco Bell would prey on the large number of people living in Kelso/Raglan/Trinity who are struggling with menial, low socio-economically unsound incomes - i.e. people living below the poverty line, being gouged and fed unhealthy, un-nutritious food like McDonald's and convenient 7-Eleven food.
These multinational franchised companies, whose real business model is real estate and the service of aforementioned unhealthy meals, position themselves in communities where there is a high number of socio-economically crippled families.
Look at the outer suburbs of western Sydney and, closer to home, Lithgow and Orange. These outlets are within walking distance of these poverty pockets.
Instead, what Bathurst needs is for the council to aggressively campaign to attract manufacturing firms to our city; manufacturers that could easily outfit sites like the old Harvey Norman building, creating jobs. Full-time jobs. Real paying jobs.
The service industry is made up of noble professions and serviced by a hard working, poorly paid workforce.
I depend on them every day, but you simply cannot pay off a house, buy a car or feed and raise a family within these volatile casual industries unless you own the coffee/fish and chips shop. And let's be real, the owners of these shops are not doing well in the current climate.
The city needs more blue collar manufacturing jobs and blue-white-collar manufacturing jobs. Having increased numbers of jobs like these will help support the already struggling services sector.
Bathurst does not need a Taco Bell. Councillors need to wake up to themselves and see that.