LETTERS 25.6.16

Land swap?
I RECENTLY wrote expressing my support for the proposed West Perth fire station in Carr Street, commenting that I would genuinely prefer a two-storey fire station next to me in Loftus Street instead of the ridiculous multiple dwellings with their multiple problems (“Careful what you wish for,” Voice letters, June 6, 2016).
Siren sounds are quite commonplace along Loftus Street. The Carr Street residents would obviously prefer more apartments.
They have explained that their apartments were built before a fire station was planned but I remember some years ago these same residents wanted the buses re-routed even though the route was well established before the apartments were built.
I understand that a proposed bus bridge to link Charles Street with the new Perth bus station will reduce the number of buses along Carr Street. Who knows, the residents may next complain about having to walk a few extra metres to a bus stop?
This week’s Voice article Storm Brews over Development related to another group of concerned residents, this time in Vine Street, North Perth.
I totally understand their concerns about a proposal to build a six or seven storey development of multiple dwellings on Charles Street that will directly affect them.
Would it be feasible for the state government and the developer to negotiate a swap so that the fire station could be located on Charles Street and the apartments moved to Carr Street?
Everyone will be happy. Maybe?
It is a shame that the old Osborne Park fire station land was sold to developers.
Anne Bate
Loftus Street, Leederville

Crocodile tears
GAYS face being hanged or jailed by the authorities, and regularly bashed and shunned by locals in the majority of nations that are predominantly Muslim.
Even in modern Islamic nations like Malaysia gays face severe discrimination and have poor prospects for jobs or education.
They get jailed for sodomy.
Many are forced into jobs like prostitution to make living.
In Orlando 50 gay men were killed but there are seven Muslim nations that still execute people for same-sex acts, while punishments are extreme in many others.
Yes, many Muslims living in western nations will cry crocodile tears.
Alex Mulla
Smith St, Highgate

Full marks
I HAVE written to Vincent mayor mayor John Carey regarding the intersection of Green Street and Scarborough Beach Road with a suggestion of how to make it safer.
After reading the article in the Voice about Anthony Albanese pledging $3 million to try and fix the problem (“Blackspot cash pledge,” Voice, June 11, 2016) I also wrote to the Labor candidate Tim Hammond and Mr Albanese. To date I have had no reply from either.
A cheaper solution to make this intersection safer would be to paint lines clearly stating which lane fed into which street.
For example, the left lane would continue west along Scarborough Beach Road and to turn left into Brady Street only, the middle lane would be to continue west along Scarborough Beach Road only and the right lane would be to turn right into Main Street only.
This would stop confusion and motorists cutting into the wrong lanes. These markings have reduced confusion at the on-ramp at Powis Street.
Leonie Edwards
Federation Street, Mount Hawthorn

Tree warning
THE recent report by the Northern Territory coroner which was featured on the ABC news should offer a timely warning to the City of Bayswater.
The coroner declared the death of a man, struck by a branch from a tree for which Darwin council had responsibility, was entirely preventable.
Furthermore the daughter of the of deceased man claimed his death was a result of negligence.
The City of Bayswater seems to rely entirely upon a tree assessment process that has no formal backing of council and has never been adopted as policy. It can be shown to be subject to the whimsy of the arborist who is using it.
I don’t believe the favoured process has ever been compared with other, perhaps more comprehensive, assessment processes and I wonder if this jeopardises the city’s insurance cover.
Twice during recent years trees on council land have shed limbs which demolished cars.
The City of Bayswater was lucky not to have witnessed two fatalities.
I also have a report attesting to the dangerous size of fallen tree limbs that an assessment by the city dismissed as if they were mere leaf and bark litter.
It’s about time Bayswater formally adopted a reliable process that would stand up to any coroner’s scrutiny.
Vincent J. McCudden
Almondbury Street, Bayswater

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