Stirling U-turn on right turns

STIRLING council is taking a u-turn on a right-turn ban at a dangerous Mt Lawley intersection.

Community opposition over plans to make an intersection left-turn only when going from Carrington Street onto Second Ave in Mt Lawley has caused the council to back down.

Local businesswoman Jan Wilkie initiated the community campaign and said: “They listened, we’re delighted.”

The intersection is a blackspot — Ms Wilkie herself was hospitalised after her car was hit by a truck two years ago— but the council’s plan to fix it up was not warmly received.

Eighty people turning out to a public meeting in March and others criticised the plan in social media forums. Residents on neighbouring streets said it would simply push the problem onto them.

Stirling councillors heeded those calls and at the April 16 full council meeting unanimously voted for staff to consult with residents and come up with “alternative treatments”.

A meeting between the city and residents will be held in the next week or so.

Cr Elizabeth Re suggested a road traffic study for the wider area, but only Cr Karlo Perkov backed her and the motion was lost.

by DAVID BELL

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