Go via Narellan Road, not through Blair Athol

Traffic worries: Blair Athol residents are concerned the suburbs roads can not handle predicted traffic increases that would occur as a result of a new development on the Maryfields site. Picture: Chris Lane
Traffic worries: Blair Athol residents are concerned the suburbs roads can not handle predicted traffic increases that would occur as a result of a new development on the Maryfields site. Picture: Chris Lane

Don’t send traffic through our quiet streets.

That’s the plea from a large group of Blair Athol residents, who say traffic access to a plan residential estate in Maryfields should go via Narellan Road and not through their suburb.

The green pastures of Maryfields are set to be the home of a large business park, seniors living complexes and a new residential estate.

The northern section of the proposed development has left Blair Athol residents like Pushpa Fernando less than impressed.

Plans for the development reveal those living in the 593 residential complexes to the north would access their properties via Maryfields Drive and The Kraal Drive, in Blair Athol.

The business park and seniors living complexes would be accessed via Narellan Road.

Mr Fernando said access for the entire site should be from Narellan Road as the streets in the quiet suburb of Blair Athol were not designed to cope with such a big increase in traffic movement.

A map of the Maryfields propsal.

A map of the Maryfields propsal.

“Adding 590 dwellings means another 1000 cars on the road,” he said.

“The Kraal Drive and Maryfields Drive had been designed to handle the vehicles in that area only.

“We are not against the development – of course, people need shelter.

“Our concerns are the access points through Blair Athol.

“Instead of giving access through Blair Athol, we as community of Blair Athol ask the council to connect the residential dwellings to Narellan Road through the business park.

“I am not alone. This is the voice of community of Blair Athol.”

Mr Fernando said widening the roads to two lanes each way along Maryfields Drive and The Kraal Drive would not be a suitable solution as residents would likely lose their on-street parking to accommodate the wider road.

Campbelltown Council’s director of city development, Jim Baldwin, said the public exhibition period for the proposal had recently finished and staff were assessing public submissions.

Though he said studies so far showed access via Blair Athol would be appropriate.

“All traffic modelling assessments undertaken to date support the proposed concept design which disperses traffic between Blair Athol and Narellan Road, noting the restriction to through traffic across the site,” he said.

He said the council would work with other agencies and organisations – like the Roads and Maritime Service – to assess the suitability of access points and the capability of existing roads.

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