Traffic lights delayed

The proposal to install a set of traffic lights in Batemans Bay won’t progress until after February.

The plan for the installation of lights at the intersection of Perry and North Streets came to a halt in November after council decided that more consultation was needed.

Council plans to meet with Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce, three landowners, Roads and Maritime Services and Bega MP Andrew Constance to examine the plan in February.

“Of course, we are not yet sure of the outcome of this meeting but it may determine that additional consultation is required,” a council spokeswoman said.

Mayor Lindsay Brown said it was unclear when the matter would be brought back to council.

“Once we’ve had the meeting, we will have a better idea about when the matter will come before council again and about any further consultation,” he said.

Council proposed to install traffic lights at the intersection to increase pedestrian safety, particularly for disabled people.

However, the project has been hit with some negativity.

“The main concerns expressed to council late last year on the traffic light proposal were about traffic flow, pedestrian safety and the effect on parking and these will be explored at the meeting that council is planning for February,” Cr Brown said.

It is believed the RMS has given a stamp of approval for the project.

Councillors unanimously decided to defer the traffic light proposal in November to undertake more consultation.

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