Speedy solution needed
FRUSTRATED residents of Bexhill's main street are fed up with speeding and intolerant traffic.
It has prompted them to write to Roads and Maritime Services and to the state member for Lismore Thomas George.
The village, 8km north of Lismore is bisected by Bangalow Rd which has become notorious on the Northern Rivers for its dangerous curves and frequent accidents.
Coleman St, Bexhill's main street, is part of Bangalow Rd.
The list of complaints includes the 50kmh speed limit too often being ignored; no footpaths, causing safety issues for children; abuse when residents slow down to turn into their driveways; and excessive noise from exhaust brakes.
Jen Stockdale, speaking on behalf of the residents, said everyone in the street had a story to tell about the traffic and they were "pretty much united".
"We all have families with little kids or grandkids," she said.
"We sent the letters about a week ago but have yet to receive a response."
A spokeswoman for the RMS told The Northern Star her organisation would meet with council and discuss the issues.
The NSW Government is reducing the number of speed cameras statewide, but Mrs Stockdale said one was desperately needed at Bexhill, like the one at nearby Clunes, which residents are fighting to maintain.
"We previously approached the RTA (now RMS) but they said there was not enough straight road at Bexhill to warrant a speed camera," she said.
"The 50kmh limit recognises that, but it's obviously not enough."
The RMS spokeswoman confirmed the future of the speed-camera program was uncertain.
"Roads and Maritime Services will work with council to determine if any other safety measures can be implemented in the area," she said.
Mr George recently forwarded Bexhill residents' concerns about speeding traffic and footpaths to the police. Ms Stockdale said there was a police patrol at Bexhill on Saturday - the second she had seen there in four years.
Mr George said he would support the council if it wished to take the matter further.