Town vision vital

It’s not hard to see why the recent proposal to build a 24-hour service station on the main street of Littlehampton has raised the ire of many residents.

If it goes ahead, the development would result in four petrol stations within 1.5km of each other.

This number does seem a bit excessive, especially when you consider that a new freeway interchange is going ahead at Bald Hills Road which will reduce traffic along North Terrace (the main street).

Residents are worried that North Terrace could soon become the Grand Junction Road of the Hills and it’s easy to see why.

Anyone driving through Littlehampton could be forgiven for mistaking the town for the entranceway to Mt Barker.

Unlike many other townships in the Hills, it lacks the distinct village feel that makes living in a small town so special.

In recent years the Mt Barker Council has put a lot of time and effort into planning for the future of Mt Barker, Nairne and, more recently, Macclesfield’s main streets.

But for some reason Littlehampton seems to have fallen behind.

Maybe this proposal has highlighted a need for some forward planning and consultation with the community to devise a clear vision for the future of the town before it is lost altogether.

Pedestrian safety

New crossings on Hahndorf’s Main Street would be a welcome improvement to the busy shopping strip.

For years the town’s residents and traders have argued for changes to make the road safer for pedestrians.

They would like to see heavy vehicles stopped from using the thoroughfare, but the Hahndorf Community Association believes the State Government’s proposed new crossings will go a long way to improving the situation.

With over one million visitors a year, Hahndorf’s Main Street can be a congested and potentially dangerous mix of pedestrians, cars, buses, trucks, motorhomes and caravans.

There are also many school children and elderly nursing home residents who struggle to cross the street to access shops and services.

The two extra crossings, one at each end of the road, will greatly improve their safety.

Slowing the speed limit to 40km/h – a speed drivers can rarely go above anyway due to congestion – will remind motorists to be more aware of their surroundings.

However, these changes are not guaranteed and if they are wanted, the community must speak up now to ensure the Government goes ahead with the changes.