Safety issue big at Macca’s
McDONALD'S will implement increased safety measures at the pedestrian crossing outside its Goonellabah store despite the crossing being council compliant.
This follows a report by The Northern Star on Saturday in which Goonellabah father Jay Cordy raised serious safety concerns about the pedestrian crossing.
The crossing was approved by Lismore City council after the development application and plans were lodged to build a shopping centre at Goonellabah.
Lismore City council manager compliance and development Peter Jeuken said the development application for the shopping centre and crossing was approved in December 2010.
"The pedestrian crossing outside McDonald's is DA compliant and the design was consistent with safest measures required for a 5kmh speed area," he said.
"The specifications of the crossing in the original design have been fully replicated at the site."
"The unfortunate reality is that occasionally a design on paper does not translate perfectly into a real-life scenario."
"This is one of those situations."
Mr Jeuken said council had no legal standing to force McDonald's to reconfigure the crossing.
"We have been made aware of the problem and would like to see the safety issues resolved for the community's sake."
Mr Jeuken said council had written to McDonald's to express safety concern about the crossing but had not received a reply.
"We have raised the matter with the centre manager and asked for a response to advise of any changes they have planned to address the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles."
A McDonald's spokeswoman said although the fast food restaurant had already put in place various safety measures, the company would implement further measures to increase pedestrian safety.
"In addition to the existing measures we will also be implementing another speed hump and further signage including a pedestrian, slow and watch for vehicles sign," the spokeswoman said.