Warringah Council has again deferred public consultation on their ideas for the area around the proposed new hospital at Frenchs Forest, as they “continue to work with relevant State Agencies”. It sounds like pretty major changes are envisaged.
Surely that is all the more reason for consulting affected ratepayers NOW. If we approve of Council’s plans, then Council will have the leverage of public support to help get whatever is needed from Government. If, on the other hand, we reject Council’s proposals, as is more likely, then everyone can stop wasting their time, and residents will know where they stand.
Council’s Vision includes the phrase "protecting our environment”. That does not mean more people, more buildings, more cars, more pollution and fewer trees. Council have already let us down by acquiescing in the Government’s actions regarding the hospital and associated roadworks. Don’t make the footprint of destruction even greater.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.