14. 775LETTERSFester food
AS a resident of an apartment building in East Perth that has two fast food outlets as commercial lessees, I totally empathise with the residents of Mt Lawley experiencing problems with Nando’s noxious rubbish (Voice, April 13, 2013).
Apart from the noisy ravens and ibis, it is a real health hazard having bags of rubbish festering in the heat, as this must surely attract rodent infestation as well.
My advice, for what it is worth, is the local residents must deal with this prolific rubbish problem by insisting that Nando’s use enclosed industrial/commercial type rubbish bins and associated private collection for waste products.
The council of owners of our building worked tirelessly to achieve this concern with our two fast food outlets, and it has solved the problem. I hasten to  add our situation was not nearly as dire as the Nando’s problem appears to be.
Has anyone tried to contact the owner/manager of the premises, the WA health department or the local council about this matter?
Sadly these fast food entities are usually franchised, and appeals to them often fall on deaf ears, with the eastern states HQ totally disinterested.
However, if they are faced with prosecution on health grounds they might be forced to do something about it.
Good luck, and don’t give up!
Pauline Handford
East Perth

Late as usual
THE City of Vincent seems to be yet again treating its Highgate residents with contempt.
On April 15 I received notification of its proposal to remove parking restrictions from a significant number of streets in close walking distance to Perth Oval during events.
The notice advises community consultation is open April 5–26 but the letter was dated April 12—a full week after consultation had commenced.
There is no reference to the proposal that I can find on the council website. The information sheet provided attempts to justify the change by stating congestion in surrounding areas is unlikely to be related to events at the oval.
With the recent upgrade the ground now has a capacity of 20,500. The capacity at Subiaco is 43,500 and the WACA 24,500. Both have residential parking restrictions in place in a substantial part of the surrounding areas.
Perth Oval has at least equivalent public transport facilities to Subiaco, being walking distance from Perth train station along with McIver, Claisebrook and East Perth stations. Additional temporary parking could be made available at Birdwood Square and Forrest Park if the council chose to utilise these.
The council’s stated rationale that the streets to be excluded from restrictions are beyond walking distance and are already congested is ridiculous. People park much further from the ground than the streets in question.
This seems to be another example of Vincent city council carrying out the bare minimum in public consultation.
M Jones

Funereal feathers
THE Voice’s masthead black chook—never more appropriate than this week with passing of the UK’s Margaret Thatcher.
Lutah Salt
West Bank, Swan River Colony

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