Broad support for a new crossing on Blayney's Adelaide Street

SUPPORT: Although branding many of the ideas in the concept plans as 'utter nonsense', David Kennedy supports the idea of a central crossing. Photo: Mark Logan.
SUPPORT: Although branding many of the ideas in the concept plans as 'utter nonsense', David Kennedy supports the idea of a central crossing. Photo: Mark Logan.

Now that the dust has settled on the reverse angle vs parallel parking on Adelaide Street debate, the community can now consider other less contentious elements of the Blayney Main Street Master Plan.

Within the recently released update of the concept plans two mid-block pedestrian crossings, one between Ogilvy and Church Streets somewhere near the Blayney Pharmacy, the other between Church and Burns Street possibly near Vinnies have been proposed.

Also included is the reconfiguration of the existing intersection at Burns/Waters Street to allow for the safer movement of pedestrians and vehicles outside the Blayney Post Office.

Known as a High Pedestrian Activity Area the idea of a mid-block crossing drew support from all the businesses that the Blayney Chronicle spoke to.

Those plans really confused just what we are here in Blayney.

Richard Kidd

David Kennedy from Kennedy Real Estate said that many aspects of the original concept plans were a load of nonsense, but having a safer crossing for the elderly and parents makes sense.

"I often see older members of the community crossing the road from the pharmacy and it would make it much safer for them if there was a dedicated crossing nearby," he said.

The speed at which large trucks barrel down Adelaide Street, particularly from the south, and the location of the current crossing near Church Street is a major concern for the owner of Blayney Hi-Grade Meats, Cameron Cassell.

"When the trucks are coming from the Cowra end of the street and get to Church Street they're looking for traffic, and any kid or elderly person could easily be missed because the drivers are concentrating on the cars," he said.

"If there's a crossing in the middle of the street they'll be more conscious of that and it will encourage them to slow down."

Richard Kidd from Blayney Technical Support said that he was glad that Adelaide Street wasn't being 'yuppiefied' and questioned what Blayney Shire Council's full objective is.

"Those plans really confused just what we are here in Blayney," he said.

'The idea of a central pedestrian ramp is a good one but when council is forcing vehicles down Adelaide Street by limiting the size of vehicles on Carcoar Street, I have to wonder what their full agenda is?"

Ardern Law's Trish Ardern also supports the idea of a central crossing.

"There are a lot of elderly people in Blayney who would really benefit from being able to safely cross Adelaide Street without having to worry about being quick," she said.

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