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Feeling betrayed over bypass backflip

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I never believed Don Page would try to restore rail services and didn’t vote for him so his backflip on trains didn’t hurt me much. However I feel betrayed by Simon Richardson’s bypass backflip.

Before the election Simon seemed to understand that more cars wouldn’t solve Byron’s traffic woes, that the queues on Byron’s access roads are coming to Byron not seeking to bypass it, that in lieu of sane strategy to limit development and population traffic congestion is a vital last line of defence, that destroying our market precinct and the residential amenity of Butler Street with traffic is the antithesis of a ‘solution’ to the traffic problem, and that moving the Ewingsdale Road traffic jam into town is very silly – so what went wrong in Simon’s mind?

If Don could be trusted (not to let a sod be turned at West Byron until the bypass is a goer) maybe the outbreak of housing disease at West Byron could be held in remission by encouraging Simon to recover his senses and flip back to his original position on the bypass.

Alistair Bell, Byron Bay

 


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