'I don't want blood on my hands'
IT'S only a matter of time before someone dies at the dangerous intersection of Guy and Pratten Sts unless a roundabout is put in, Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley has warned.
He said the Southern Downs Regional Council's proposal to install stop signs at the busy intersection, outside the Sovereign Hotel, would not solve the problem.
Cr Bartley brought the issue to the table at yesterday's council meeting but said he had been lobbying for a roundabout at the intersection for several years.
His concerns were escalated recently after a crash at the intersection when one of the cars involved ending up in Cr Bartley's father's front yard.
After a long discussion the recommendation was to trial stop signs, re-do the line markings, conduct traffic surveys, install traffic-slowing devices and liaise with nearby landowners.
All councillors except Cr Bartley agreed with the motion, and he asked for the vote to be recorded.
"I don't want blood on my hands," Cr Bartley said.
Cr Denise Ingram said she was highly offended by his remark.
"I don't think my motion means I want blood on my hands," she said.
Cr Bartley said the problems with the intersection started when the Palmerin and Wood sts intersection was closed.
"We have forced the main body of traffic along this street," he said.
Many councillors agreed that the intersection was not very wide, making a roundabout impractical as heavy vehicles would not be able to navigate around it.
Director of Engineering Services Peter See said an installation date for the stop signs had not been set.
"The recommendation from the committee will be put forward to the general meeting of council next week for ratification," Mr See said.
"The signs will be put up within a few weeks of this decision being made."
Mr See said the stop signs were a better financial option, costing $200 compared to $250,000 for a roundabout.
Guy St resident Shane Smyth agreed stop signs would fix the problem.
"It is a good idea," Mr Smyth said.
"It will stop people running into fences.
"A roundabout isn't a good idea because a lot of people don't know how to use them properly."
Mr See said the length of the trial had not been discussed but would need to be reviewed before consideration begins for the next budget.
No one was available to comment from the Sovereign Hotel.
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