Clearway will turn Forest Road, Bexley into 'windswept racecourse'

The community has restated its strong opposition to the State Government proposal to introduce new clearway conditions along Forest Road and Stoney Creek Road, Bexley. Transport for NSW (formerly RMS) wants to extend the operation of weekday clearways and introduce new weekend clearways on Stoney Creek Road and Forest Road between King Georges Road at Beverly Hills and the M5 East Motorway at Arncliffe, 6am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays. The State Government announced the proposal in July but since then there has been no further decision.

This has left businesses paralaysed, Rockdale MP Steve Kamper said. Kogarah MP Chris Minns goes further, saying a decision to go ahead with the new and extended clearway conditions will turn Forest Road, Bexley into a 'windswept racecourse". Bexley Chamber of Commerce has collected hundreds of signatures under the banner Save our Businesses on Forest Road which Mr Minns will present to Parliament calling on the NSW Government to reverse its decision and save Bexley shops "These clearways will have a devastating impact on local businesses by lowering customer numbers," the petition states. "Many may be forced to close or sack staff.

The entire Bexley community will be worse off as residents will be forced to travel to Hurstville or Kogarah to obtain services that are currently available in their local area. "Residents already complain about parking at Bexley shops and the clearways will exasperate this parking shortage. And residents who live along Forest Road and Stoney Creek Road will no long be able to park in front of their homes due to the clearways." Chamber president Jeff Tullock presented the petition to Mr Minns and Mr Kamper last week. Mr Kamper criticised the government stalling on an announcement whether or not it will proceed with the cleary proposal for Bexley. "There's no appreciation that there are people with decisions to make.

They have been paralysed," Mr Kamper said. "The shops are Bexley are finally coming good. There has been renewal and investment there that will be compromised by a clearway." Mr Minns called on the government to reverse its decision and save Bexley shops. "You can't have a windswept racetrack on Forest Road and expect people to come," he said. A Transport for NSW spokesman said a decision is not pending. "Due to the amount of feedback from the Chamber of Commerce, businesses and the community it is taking longer to consider all the information," the spokesman said. "We will consider thee feedback and will make a decision in the New Year on how to proceed."

The community has restated its strong opposition to the State Government proposal to introduce new clearway conditions along Forest Road and Stoney Creek Road, Bexley.

Transport for NSW (formerly RMS) wants to extend the operation of weekday clearways and introduce new weekend clearways on Stoney Creek Road and Forest Road between King Georges Road at Beverly Hills and the M5 East Motorway at Arncliffe, 6am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays. The State Government announced the proposal in July but since then there has been no further decision. This has left businesses paralaysed, Rockdale MP Steve Kamper said.

Kogarah MP Chris Minns goes further, saying a decision to go ahead with the new and extended clearway conditions will turn Forest Road, Bexley into a 'windswept racecourse". Bexley Chamber of Commerce has collected hundreds of signatures under the banner Save our Businesses on Forest Road which Mr Minns will present to Parliament calling on the NSW Government to reverse its decision and save Bexley shops "These clearways will have a devastating impact on local businesses by lowering customer numbers," the petition states.

"Many may be forced to close or sack staff. The entire Bexley community will be worse off as residents will be forced to travel to Hurstville or Kogarah to obtain services that are currently available in their local area. "Residents already complain about parking at Bexley shops and the clearways will exasperate this parking shortage.

And residents who live along Forest Road and Stoney Creek Road will no long be able to park in front of their homes due to the clearways." Chamber president Jeff Tullock presented the petition to Mr Minns and Mr Kamper last week. Mr Kamper criticised the government stalling on an announcement whether or not it will proceed with the cleary proposal for Bexley.

"There's no appreciation that there are people with decisions to make. They have been paralysed," Mr Kamper said. "The shops are Bexley are finally coming good.

There has been renewal and investment there that will be compromised by a clearway." Mr Minns called on the government to reverse its decision and save Bexley shops. "You can't have a windswept racetrack on Forest Road and expect people to come," he said.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said a decision is not pending.

"Due to the amount of feedback from the Chamber of Commerce, businesses and the community it is taking longer to consider all the information," the spokesman said.

"We will consider thee feedback and will make a decision in the New Year on how to proceed."

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