Deniliquin Council continues to receive complaints from the community about dangerous driving conditions at Coles SupermarketMay 2, 2014 3:50am
Coles Supermarket in Deniliquin has failed to address significant traffic problems created on Hardinge St by trucks reversing into its loading dock and blocking the highway.
Deniliquin Council director technical services Mark Dalzell said council continues to receive complaints from the community and adjoining businesses regarding heavy vehicle movements at the shopping complex.
The traffic hazard has been ongoing for 15 years and has failed to be fixed by the multi-national company.
In a recent report presented to council, Mr Dalzell said Coles was in breach of its development approval consent conditions.
He said major concerns included parked semi-trailers and B-Double trucks blocking the service road near Coles, and semi-trailers blocking Hardinge St while reversing into the loading dock.
‘‘All motor vehicle movements should be made in a forward direction only, however semi-trailers currently enter the premises in a reverse direction from Hardinge St,’’ Mr Dalzell said.
‘‘Loading, unloading and servicing to the premises should be carried out on the property without causing a nuisance to any traffic obstruction, but semi-trailers are reversing into the premises and obstructing traffic along Hardinge St.
‘‘Trailers that are being left uncoupled along the service lane road also block traffic accessing adjoining businesses.’’
This isn’t the first time a report about traffic conditions in Hardinge St has been brought to council.
In June 2000, Cr Ray Quayle called the problem area ‘‘an accident waiting to happen’’ and suggested in the future that heavy vehicles could enter Coles ‘‘the back way, near the rail lines’’.
A review of Hardinge St between Harfleur St and Wood St in July 2003 found there had been seven accidents in the previous four years and five accidents within the commercial off-street carparks.
Because heavy vehicles currently stop traffic on Hardinge St when they access the premises, it was suggested by Roads & Traffic Authority (now RMA) senior project designer George Benedyka in 2004 that a median strip on Hardinge St could rectify the problem and prevent the potential hazard.
In 2010, an application on behalf of Coles for the reconstruction of the parking and maneuvering area near the loading dock was granted by Deniliquin Council.
The new development was to allow semi-trailers to safely access the dock without having to enter Hardinge St, however it was never started.
Council staff have advised Coles of its breaches and have requested confirmation on when the outstanding work will be completed.
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