LETTERS 26.11.16

Lettuce leave
IT saddens me to tell you the Station Village fruit and vegetable shop in Maylands is closing at the end of this month due to the increased pressure of a raise in rent to $7,000 a month.
This highlights the difficulty you reported of shop tenants struggling to meet expenses in order to survive, but does not relate the landlord’s side of the story and his costs.
In balance, not all landlords are absentees living on the French or Italian Riviera, you know!
The proprietor will sell his truck knowing he won’t have to get up at 4am to go to the market anymore.
I wish both “Tiger” Rose and her husband well in their next venture.
Gordon Westwood
Coode St, Maylands

Share cost
IN regard to Vincent’s response to Multicultural Services Centre WA being forced to move, I make the following points (“Centre plan stalls,” Voice, November 19, 2016).
You mention a “sticking point” to do with vehicle traffic and “no one wanting to pay” for increased traffic upgrades. There is not that much traffic using that road thanks to those massive speed humps.The only people using that road are mainly residents and users of the clubs and centre.
I would therefore assume that all users of that block (tennis club and bowling club, etc) have been asked to contribute to the cost of any upgrade of vehicle entry, exits and parking,and not just the MSCWA.
If this is not the case,then why?
As for “wanting to have further discussions”, isn’t six years of planning submissions, discussions and everything else,  long enough?
By the time the council actually get around to approving anything, it will be our kids that will need this elderly care facility not our mums and dads.
Larry Arrigoni
Loftus St, North Perth

Real waste?
WHILE reading an article on the success of the first year of Stirling’s three bin system it says it achieved 46 per cent of waste diverted from landfill – well on the way to the target of 65 per cent diversion by 2020.
The previous single bin system in conjunction with the use of the Atlas Group waste sorting plant achieved waste diversion rates of over 60 per cent results. That was reported in Hansard.
Using twice the collection trucks for 20 per cent less diversion is not a great result. The original target for the discussion paper Strategic Direction for Waste management in Western Australia was zero by 2020
That lofty goal seems to be unreachable and has been cut back to 65 per cent by 2020.
M Whitworth
Caribbean Drive Safety Bay


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