"The integrity and character of our area" isn’t just under threat, Ms Cuthbertson (Your Say, 10 Oct); it is already being attacked and destroyed at this end of the peninsula, as you would have seen if you have been down as far as Frenchs Forest lately. Of course, I appreciate it is a long drive from where you are at Avalon Beach, particularly if you have a medical emergency and you (or your ambulance) must negotiate the long, narrow, winding, no-overtaking stretch of road known as Wakehurst Parkway, even assuming it isn’t closed through flooding.
But the hospital is being built here because the planners would have us believe is the centre of the Northern Beaches Health Service catchment. Yeah right! And the report on which the choice of site was based is “not available in the public domain”, despite the billion dollars or so of public money going into it.
When you have the combined might of NSW Planning, Health Infrastructure, and now Warringah Council chipping in, all determined to “develop” what has until now been a pleasant residential suburb, you don’t stand much chance. I sympathise with your loss of a few boughs of trees to selfish vandals; we’ve already lost acres of valuable bush to make room for a 10-storey hospital, a helipad and a 12-lane highway. And that’s just for starters.
The interests of the existing residents, who live here because we like the way it is/was, and don’t want it to be destroyed, are of no consequence.
You have every reason to be worried, Ms Cuthbertson.
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.