No Stopping signs ‘bagged’ at Lumen Christi

Pambula Beach Road, near Lumen Christi Catholic College.
Pambula Beach Road, near Lumen Christi Catholic College.

Bega Valley Shire Council has contacted local police after discovering ‘No Stopping’ signs near Lumen Christi Catholic College had been covered with plastic bags.

The new ‘No Stopping’ signs along Pambula Beach Road have been the focus of considerable anger and concern by the college community and at the last council meeting, October 11, Shane Giles, from Lumen Christi and Leo Papalia, chair of the Lumen Christi community council addressed the meeting asking for the signs to be removed.

Council said that over the last week, the signs have been covered and uncovered repeatedly causing confusion and renewed safety concerns.

“Unknown persons have been covering the signs, with council officers removing the plastic bags to uphold the advice and decision of council’s local traffic committee,” a council spokesman said.

“The section of Pambula Beach Road adjacent to the school is not and never has been an official set down area or car park. As the signs indicate, stopping in that area at school drop off and pick up times is not permitted,” the spokesman added.

“The traffic committee is made up of NSW Police, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, and council staff, for some time they have been concerned the roadside embankment is too steep and has limited vision when reversing onto Pambula Beach Road.

“Council appreciates the change this represents and continues to meet with and discuss long term solutions with the school community – including operational improvements to the internal drop off and pick up zone,” the spokesman said.

Council will be submitting an application for funding this week for safety improvements in that area under the RMS Active Transport Grants.

Anyone with information about the obstruction of this signage is asked to contact local police.