LETTERS 14.7.18

Signs help slow cars
IN relation to the letter from Hope Alexander “Vincent going nowhere slow” (Voice, July 7, 2018).
There is no doubt that the lack of speed enforcement on local roads is an issue that governments seem to have placed in the too hard basket. Given the vast number and length of local roads, it is simply not possible for the police to enforce effectively – if at all. As such, other approaches are surely required.
In my view, speed display signs – which publicly display the speed of vehicles as they pass – is one effective option. Another might be to give local government the power to issue infringement notices. A third option is to provide members of the community with the ability to monitor speed and for police to issue warnings for identified speeders. This is the approach in many cities in the UK.
Having said this, the lack of enforcement is not a reason why speed limits should not be reduced on local roads. If this defeatist attitude prevailed in 2001, the speed limit would have not been reduced from 60 to 50kmh. There are few people that now think 50kmh is too low on our local streets.
In relation to a further reduction to 40kmh, apart from the well-publicised and quite obvious safety benefits, greater confidence for people of all ages and abilities to use the streets for cycling and walking, should not be underestimated. I know of many parents unwilling to let their children ride on local streets because of the risk (real or perceived) from fast-moving vehicles. Parents make the decision to drive their kids around instead of letting them ride.
I am an optimist that believes we can reclaim the streets for our community. In particular, to empower our children with the ability to get around independently, or kick or throw a ball – like I and many did not so long ago. In inner suburban areas we are way too subservient to vehicles and drivers that use our streets as short cuts between main roads. A few extra seconds of driving time for those passing through is a minor impost to help rebalance the ledger in our favour.
Andrew Main
North Perth 

They all just keep taking and taking
IN last week’s paper City Of Vincent mayor acknowledged that “people don’t have a lot of disposable income at the moment”. So what do they do, they put the average rates up by 2.7 per cent.
To the local businesses in Vincent – we would love to support you in these tough times, as we are the ones that live here. However, for years now our income has been stagnant while all levels of government have been putting our bills up by way more than our income.
Vincent has been particularly harsh on one-bedroom unit owners, with a 7.2 per cent rise this year, on top of the 9.2 per cent, 10.5 per cent and 28 per cent rises in the previous years, through the easy target of increasing the minimum rate. We are now $176 higher than the City Of Perth
Seemingly we are not paying enough. We are only entitled to half a bin, so because we are sharing with our neighbours this saving to Vincent should be reflected in our rates, which it is not.
There were originally two houses on our block, there are now eight units. A rough calculation would indicate that Vincent is getting an extra $7000 in rates compared to the two houses, with the same number of lights and trees on our verge.
There are much bigger apartment blocks appearing all over Vincent, a lot of extra revenue, so I would argue that unit owners are well and truly paying their way.
I have made my own savings by not renewing my Beatty Park pool membership this year. I now go once a week, saving me $300 which would have gone directly to the City Of Vincent.
Local businesses will be feeling the pinch by other residents making their own savings, and nothing will change till all levels of Government stop treating us like their own cash cow.
As for the community bus, we were gifted it, we used it, so maybe the right thing to do with the $46,000 we made from the sale of it, would be to donate this money to another charity group, such as to help the homeless.
Gordon Lee
Chatsworth Rd, Highgate

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