Anne Davies (“To merge or not to merge”, 16 May) mentions the suggestion that Manly and Pittwater may divide up Warringah between them. This proposal would have at least one massive benefit - the planned new Northern Beaches Hospital could go where it was supposed to go, in the vacated Warringah Council land in Dee Why.
Although NSW Health claimed in its planning application for the hospital that the choice of Frenchs Forest was based on “robust qualitative analysis”, in fact it was the Dee Why site which ranked top in the qualitative/operational assessment, according to the “Development Options Business Case” which I have obtained under the provisions of the GIPA Act. Frenchs Forest came last of the three sites remaining in contention, and equal second on risk assessment. The selection of Frenchs Forest was based on cost, largely because solutions to the roading and access problems there were calculated as $21.3 million, whereas the current estimate is $400 million (plus $125 million for public transport upgrades), and an acceptable roading solution has still not been devised, far less costed.
If there is a possibility of Warringah Council ceasing to exist, the hospital location should be immediately reviewed, preferably using current rather than 10-year-old data.
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.