The artist’s impression of the hospital (Your Say, 3 Oct), “Supplied” by a conveniently unnamed source, is grossly misleading.
1. The hospital will be as much as 10 storeys high, plus services;
2. Warringah Road will be 12 lanes wide, and will involve the removal of all the homes and businesses shown on the left of the picture, ie the South side of the road.
3. Most of the vegetation shown embracing the main part of the hospital has already gone.
4. There will be a helipad, the noise from which the planners consider unimportant.
Just about the most accurate element of the picture is the traffic gridlock.
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.