Bangalow residents want the bypass
A BANGALOW residents' group has rejected claims that a southern bypass of the town is 'unnecessary'.
Jenny Coman, of the group Bangalow Locals in Support of Safety (BLISS), said statements made against the bypass by the Chamber of Commerce and the group Bangalow 2020 were 'greatly exaggerated' and did not fairly represent the views of Bangalow residents.
“I find it hard to believe that (Chamber of Commerce president) Michael Malloy and 2020 actually oppose taking through traffic away from Bangalow,” she said.
“It is hard to combine the notion of a 'heritage' town with that of a major traffic interchange.”
Ms Coman, who is a resident of Granuaille Road, said current traffic volumes of one truck every two minutes during the day and one every five minutes at night were unacceptable for the hundreds of residents who lived on and close to Granuaille Road.
The traffic was causing noise problems, safety concerns and air pollution - major issues for the entire town, she said.
Ms Coman said the 2km bypass would affect very few residents and would not lead to 'large scale destruction of prime agricultural land' as claimed by the Chamber of Commerce and Bangalow 2020.