Newnham resident Max Jago is calling for the council to support a temporary road closure along part of Alanvale Road on Christmas Eve, expecting thousands of people to come and view his annual Christmas lights display.
"I don't want to get council offside, but I am concerned about the implications of traffic on the area," Mr Jago said.
His display last year saw thousands of cars, with Mr Jago saying there was traffic backed up onto the highway.
Last year he hired traffic management services at his own expense to help monitor traffic, but issues, including children running onto the road from cars, still occurred.
"I decorate my house for people to enjoy, I'm not hosting an event I've just decorated for Christmas - but I'm trying to do the right thing for people's safety," Mr Jago said.
Mr Jago has organised traffic management for Christmas Eve, and submitted a traffic management plan to council for the busy period - including the road closure, with diversions for local traffic, access for emergency service vehicles, and carparking nearby to allow people to park and walk to view, but the initial plan, and an amended plan since, was knocked back.
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A traffic management industry representative who viewed the plan put forward to council said it was measured and sensible.
"The council has knocked back our plans, instead lowering the speed limit temporarily, which will create a traffic bank effect, but having the parking, the closure and the diverting off the highway will flow a lot better," Mr Jago said.
"That's my opinion, but also the opinion of the traffic management company I engaged to help me plan this display for people to safely enjoy."
City of Launceston chief executive Michael Stretton said the council's proposal was a better balance.
"After considering the request, it's our view that a speed limit reduction balances the needs of those who wish to view the display with the potential inconvenience posed by a road closure to other Alanvale Rd users and residents," he said.
"Importantly this proposal ensures emergency services - who may need access to the road unhindered - retain access without having to navigate a road closure, or special provisions put in place by the event organiser."
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