Near miss at accident black spot

The aftermath of the car accident in St James.
The aftermath of the car accident in St James.

The latest involving two cars on March 14 just before 5pm destroyed a brick wall and fence in the front yard of their Alday Street home where worryingly, their teenage son had stood just 30 seconds before when he came back from walking the dog.

Gordon Smithson’s home is at the intersection of Alday and Burlington streets where he says he met with a Town of Victoria Park engineer last December to discuss solutions for the black spot, but still nothing had been done.

‘He said he’d arrange for a sign to be put in but it still hasn’t been installed,’ Mr Smithson said.

‘Council has been told repeatedly about the near misses and crashes but have sat on their hands while the accidents continue to happen.

‘I’ve seen four serious accidents here in the past five years and there are regular minor accidents and near misses.’

But the Town’s Renew Life Program Acting Director Warren Bow said officers had monitored the street in past years and been in contact with affected residents.

‘The Town has already approached Main Roads requesting installation of additional safety treatments at this location. We are still awaiting a reply,’ Mr Bow said.

He said the Town investigated installing a set of speed cushions in 2010/11 but residents in the immediate vicinity forwarded a formal objection and they were not installed.

A solar-powered street light was installed two years ago and night time road safety at the intersection had improved as a result.