Residents in Heads, Lookover and Oban Roads have experienced exponential growth in traffic volumes over the past 5 to 10 years. The combination of noise, pollution, aggressive behaviour and safety has sadly driven some residents to sell up and move out of the area due to the lack of appropriate action by successive councils.
This isn't a situation Donvale residents should be expected to tolerate given the majority of the cars travelling on these roads are using them as a shortcut to bypass traffic congestion on the main arterial roads, or to avoid paying the tolls placed on the Eastlink Tunnel.
The Manningham Council has setup various consultation groups over the past few years to try and find a solution that meets the needs of the residents and the council. Unfortunately the Council's position appears to only be based on the risk of litigation and therefore focused on reducing the excessive speed of some motorists and not the high volume of cars and trucks which is the primary concern of residents.
In Oban speed humps have been constructed over the past 18 months which has greatly reduced the volume of cars on that road, but unfortunately it has also frustrated many local residents who have no choice but to use the road everyday to access schools and other services in North Ringwood. Surely there has to be a better way to solve this issue than to replace one problem with another one?
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