Bypass route wrong, residents say

BANGALOW residents left Byron Shire Council's meeting on Thursday feeling disappointed about its decision to continue to support a proposed southern bypass of the town.

Ian Hay, spokesman for resident advocacy group Bangalow 2020, addressed the council about the bypass on the upgraded Tintenbar to Ewingsdale freeway.

“Getting heavy vehicles to bypass Bangalow on their way into Lismore sounds very appealing,” he said during public access at the last meeting for the current council.

“We agree that we need heavy vehicles bound for Lismore to stay off the St Helena Hill and Granuaille Road, and instead travel south through the tunnel.

“And we do approve of a southern bypass. But it's the route that's the problem.

“It's our view that the proposed Bangalow bypass should be the Bruxner Highway and Alstonville bypass, not the accident-prone Bangalow to Lismore Road.

“Up until four weeks ago most Bangalow residents had read about the proposed southern bypass in the papers but had no idea of its route, or that a full interchange is involved.

“It was only when we found a map of the route on council's website that we were able to see its path. Which is why it has taken a little while for the majority of Bangalow residents to wake up to the fact that a southern bypass so close to Bangalow is not a solution to through traffic at all.”

Submissions will close on September 29, before the new council to be voted in on September 13 is due to have its first meeting, so the majority of councillors felt this needed to be resolved.

Mr Hay said he and about 10 other Bangalow residents who attended the meeting were disappointed at the council's stance.

“We were extremely disappointed that council appears to be keen to press on with support of a southern bypass when it was a plan that most of the residents of Bangalow still have no idea about,” he said.

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