Shops angry over new roundabout

IT'S a danger to motorists and pedestrians and has a negative impact on several small businesses.

That is the view of three Washpool Street business owners about a new “mini” roundabout bolted to the road in front of their shopping complex.

Banana Shire Council installed the roundabout at the intersection of Washpool and Kroombit Streets last week, much to the bewilderment and frustration of the shop owners.

Chris Vasiliadis, owner of the Washpool Street buildings and Jim's Cycles, said he had seen a number of near misses between motor vehicles since the roundabout was installed.

“What was a perfectly safe, user-friendly intersection is now a serious safety concern for all users,” he said.

“Where two stop signs used to give traffic control, it appears the small size of the roundabout leaves drivers little time to make decisions regarding giving way and at busy times traffic backs up and confusion reigns. It is also a bottleneck for large vehicles.

“We understand council is trying to slow traffic, but out of all the roundabouts planned for Bilo this is the only one that needs removing because of its close proximity to the shopping centre and the current streetscape reduces visibility.”

Mr Vasiliadis said the roundabout had also resulted in a reduction in car parking spaces in front of the complex.

“They should have spoken with us about it first.”

Linda Seeney, who runs the Washpool Family Store, echoed Mr Vasiliadis's sentiments.

“Parents pull up outside the front of the shop and the kids race in to grab milk or bread,” she said.

“It's very easy and convenient for them, but if they cannot pull up directly out the front, they will drive to another shop or forget about it altogether.”

The story was the same from Harto's Fish and Chips owner Sue-Anne Hartmann.

“If they cannot get a park, they will drive to the other takeaway outlets or change their mind and get something else for tea,” she said.

Ms Seeney said over the past 10 days there had been several close calls.


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