ANDERSON ADVOCATES FOR
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has met with local seniors in Manilla today to discuss the need for safety upgrades for pedestrians on Manilla Street.
Mr Anderson said residents have raised concerns about the need for a crossing near the local IGA store and now would like to see this followed through.
“I understand preliminary work had been done by Tamworth Regional Council and I would like to see this work fast-tracked.
“At the very least if the traffic count doesn’t stack up in terms of cars and pedestrians then we need to look at signage advising drivers that this is a popular spot for pedestrians to cross and to slow down and take care when driving in the area.
“Local resident Maureen Tanner also highlighted that some work needs to be done on the curb and guttering to make it safer for pedestrians to negotiate the crossing, especially for the elderly.
“This is a real issue for these residents and today, proven by sheer numbers, there is a clear message they want something done so I’ll work hard for them because Manilla is an important part of our region and the residents need to be looked after.
“To build a better region we need to ensure that we support our senior and low mobility residents. By providing safer crossings we can encourage them to remain independently mobile as long as possible.”
Mr Anderson said he is seeking advice from Tamworth Regional Council and the Roads and Maritime Service to see how the matter can be expedited.