Works approved to make Claremont black spot safer

Works approved to make Claremont black spot safer

CLAREMONT Town council approved road works at a dangerous intersection, however two local business owners claim the works will simply move the black spot.

At a meeting on Tuesday , council approved the City of Nedlands’ concept design for modification of the intersection at Loch, Gugeri and Railway streets, Claremont, as part of the national black spot funding.

The intersection has been the site of crashes and pedestrian safety issues.

However, two businesses on Gugeri Street opposed the works and commissioned a traffic consultant to review the original design, which led to some minor plan changes.

Diamond Hire owner Ken Craig said if the works went ahead, a new black spot would be created on the south side of Gugeri Street.

Mr Craig said access to his business would be reduced and would likely lead to a loss in profits.

“Our business will suffer financially… the safety of travelling public will be compromised,” he said.

Mr Craig said he urged council not to approve the proposal until all possible design options were explored.

McCarthy’s Panel and Paint owner Allan McCarthy said he had daily delivery vans visit his business as well as vehicle drop-offs and the current proposed works were a “recipe for disaster”.

“It could be the worst money you’ve ever spent,” he said to council.

However, Councillor Alistair Tulloch said the safest way to deal with the crossing was to install lights and crossings.

He said while there were drawbacks for the owners, council needed to put community safety first.

Cr Tulloch said Mr McCarthy owned the adjacent blocks, which could be used as parking options.

Cr Karen Wood said she had witnessed an accident at the site and installing a slip lane to turn right into Lock Street was “absolutely necessary”.

“I do feel for the owners, it’s very disappointing for bits of your verge taken away,” she said.