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March 8, 2021

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Jo Schultz, Mullumbimby

I am writing again to complain about the state of Coral Avenue and Clays Road.

Earlier this year I contacted Council and Cr Richardson to highlight that pedestrians had been put at risk by allowing the opening of Plover Parkway from Tallowood Ridge estate onto Clays Road – formerlly a dead-end dirt road – without providing a suitable infrastructure.

At the time the residents of Clays Road and Coral Avenue were under the impression that either the developers of Tallowood or the council would be sealing the lower part of Clays Road and Coral Avenue so that the road could sustain the increased traffic.

This did not happen. I received a response from Cr Richardson outlining that this was not the case and since then a giveway sign has been put up – thanks!

The road is currently in such disrepair that drivers are now: driving on grass verges, swerving across the road in a futile attempt to miss the craters (they are no longer potholes), putting pedestrians – including my children – in danger.

How can it be deemed reasonable by a council to allow an estate the size of Tallowood to be given a new access road through a quiet dirt road that previously only provided access to a handful of homes without upgrading it?

I have contacted Council repeatedly but no-one has called me back.

The way I see it there are three choices: 1. Council seals the road; 2. Tallowood developers seal the road; 3. Close Plover Parkway.

If nothing is done, there is no doubt in my mind that there will be an accident.

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