Stockland has informed BeCA that Construction Zone fencing will go up around the new Community Meeting Place (CMP), the former Bellvista Land Sales Office, this Friday. The refurbishment is due to begin in earnest soon after.
At the BeCA Public Meeting on Monday a Bells Reach resident raised the difficulties some young families have when leaving Bells Reach on foot and trying to cross Bellvista Blvd during school pick-up and drop-off times.
A young mum was spotted recently at around 8 am with a baby in a pram and with another pre-schooler on a trike trying to cross Bellvista Blvd from Bells Reach. She had to wait quite a long time to ensure it was safe for her and her young family to cross.
Similar situations occur during school pick up times after 2:30pm.
Stockland’s Josh Sondergeld, who took the concern during his presentation at Monday’s Public Meeting, said he would investigate the situation.
We are pleased to report that Stockland will open the foot crossing from Bells Reach on the “under construction” side of Bellvista Blvd as soon as possible. The construction zone fencing will be re situated beyond the crossing point. This will aid young families to cross into Stornaway Avenue much more safely during those busy times.
This is an interim solution until the new section of Bellvista Blvd is opened around the end of June. Click on the photo for a larger view.
The problem will become worse when the Stornaway/Bellvista Blvd roundabout is reconfigured to have an extra left turn lane into Bells Reach. People would then have two lanes of incoming traffic to negotiate rather the current single lane.
BeCA has contacted Cr Baberowski on the issue and we have since learnt from the SCRC Traffic Engineer’s Department that they will ‘assess’ the request. Hopefully the assessment will be carried out during school pickup and drop off times when the problem exists rather than at other times of the day when crossing Bellvista Blvd is an easier and safer task.
One hopes the SCRC Traffic Engineer’s Department is not the same group which allowed only one single lane road to be built into and out of Bellvista/Bells Reach. One hopes the SCRC Traffic Engineer’s Department was not involved with the granting of permission to construct a 1400 student school on our estate with inappropriate road access in case of an emergency.
One hopes the SCRC Traffic Engineer’s Department is not involved with the decision to permit another child minding centre application for Lomond Cres beside an “Over 50’s Retirement Resort”! One hopes the SCRC Traffic Engineer’s Department is not the same group which remarked to the BeCA President, “Now what is wrong with Bellvista Blvd?”