Concerns the relocation of the Bunbury Farmers Market to Glen Iris will flood Vittoria Road with traffic have been flagged by Grace Christian School.
School business manager Colin Stillman told the Bunbury City Council this week the safety of students and the public had to be considered when approving plans for the market’s new site.
The market will move from Blair Street to the former Waldeck’s Nursery site on Vittoria Road later this year, creating increased floorspace and double the area allocated to meat. The plans include a 124-bay car park.
Also planned for Vittoria Road is a Masters Home Improvement hardware store, including a car park for 550 vehicles.
The council approved the market’s relocation in February 2011 but is now considering issues such as car parking, access and landscaping.
The school warned higher traffic volumes would put further pressure on the already congested road which is often left at a standstill in the afternoons.
Mr Stillman said the school did not oppose the location of the market but pleaded with the council to come up with an adequate traffic solution for the area.
He predicted an extra 2000 cars a day would use the road as soon as the market opened its doors.
“Based on what I’ve seen I’m genuinely concerned about the increased traffic and the impact on safety of students and the general public, ” he said.
He said the council’s decision to not allow the market to use Jubilee Road would force cars and big delivery trucks onto Vittoria Road.
City of Bunbury development engineer Damien Morgan said Main Roads and staff at the council were working on traffic plans and a strategy to upgrade the road to cater for development in the area.
A TME spokesman, on behalf of the market owners, said the road would be upgraded as the area was developed and the market’s owners had agreed in principle to contribute to the cost of upgrades.
Work on new traffic lights on the Australind Bypass, at the Vittoria Road turn-off, is under way. The lights will make it safer for cars leaving Glen Iris to cross the highway and join northbound traffic.The issue will come before the council again next week.