Brad Hazzard tells us (Manly Daily, 2 March) that a casual conversation with a couple of doctors at Westmead convinced him of the need for additional housing around the NBH. On the other hand, multiple in-depth studies by expert consultants during the hospital planning process failed to identify any such issue.
If the viability of the hospital depended on providing staff accommodation, NSW Health should have said so at the time, and that would have become an explicit condition of approval, or might have resulted in the hospital being relocated to the preferred site in Dee Why.
It would appear to be only developers and not the medical and planning professions who share Mr Hazzard's opinion. Local residents certainly don't.
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.