In response to Howie Hughes’ letter, who obviously hasn’t had the pleasure of sitting in long lines of traffic inward bound, in peak holiday season, weekends, public holidays, when the surf is up, and on most days in working or school peak hour.
It is extremely pleasurable to sit bumper to bumper on a summer day (not), travelling at snail’s pace and taking half an hour to travel some 8-10 kilometres from Ewingsdale roundabout into town.
This is not about a ‘group of spoilt wankers’ but a diverse group of residents who have realistic concerns of the impact of such a huge development, knowing what traffic congestion is like already, and the increasing amount of congestion which will go on without any huge development, simply from more and more tourists who come to visit and stay.
Have you not considered what another 700-1,000 odd cars would do added to that congestion in peak times, at the scale of development that has been suggested by the original developer?
If you can come up with a brilliant idea Howie for a bypass and the money that is needed by council, then that would be a start.
Also there are the issues of the acid sulfate soil in that basically wetland area, which is highly unsuitable for development.
Any disturbance of that soil will leech into Belongil Creek and the ocean. And of course the koala habitat which you so kindly mentioned.
Robbie Blick, Byron Bay