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by Willoughby Admin, over 7 years ago

Feel free to talk about any local issues in this forum. Ask a question or suggest a topic for discussion. All of your comments will be passed on to the relevant Council staff member for consideration.

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  • Sinsava over 7 years ago
    I am very much concerned about the lights on Thomas lane which runs parallel to the Railway lines These lights have not been working for over a month now & the lane is scary to walk in the nights also very dirty i wonder when the council will have time to look after this
  • Sinsava over 7 years ago
    I would like to know if there is a 24/7 Ranger in chatswood & what his number is so I can contact him for out of office hours for noise & parking problems
  • GraceLee over 7 years ago
    I wish to suggest any Council supported entertainment event, for young people/any person, should techfully build in elements/ideas of good citizen education to help the participants learn about mutual respect, respect to public properties, rules and regulations. I also belief in encouraging young people to be contributing member of their family, rather than just "independent" , will result in becoming respopnsible citizens.
  • Lynn over 7 years ago
    I would like Council to extend the free parking time at the Concourse. Half an hour is insufficient even for a trip to the Library to exchange books. Surely it could be extended to an hour! Elderly people need to park but they move slowly and it is not always possible to park, get to the library, check out new books and return to the car before 30 minutes is up. Even this morning I had to queue for a machine to check out my books.Also, it would be useful to have the parking times and rates on the website for the Concourse to enable visitors to the theatre to check affordability.
    • Kathryn over 7 years ago
      Hi Lynn,Thanks for your comments.The operation of The Concourse Car Park is currently being monitored and adjustments (which would include the parking charge and the length of the free period), will be made when parking demand and use patterns become more apparent. At this stage, it is anticipated that parking demand at The Concourse will be monitored for another 6 months to take into consideration increasing demand as the facility becomes better known by the public.In the meantime I'll jump on The Concourse website and see what we can do about promoting the parking and fees!
    • ashamazz over 7 years ago
      I would like to Concourse car park to offer discounted rates for concert goers. The Zenith Theatre has reduced rates, on presentation of the theattre tickets & car parking docket
    • RobbieT over 7 years ago
      Totally agree - it is a brilliant facility, but the space is HUGE. I can only imagine what it is like for the elderly or a mother with a few cubs in tow. It would take 15 minutes getting to the library and another 15 to get out... Can I suggest a sort of electronic "franking" machine that is placed at the library service desk. Clients would present their parking ticket there which would be validated for the hour suggested. Meaning those who are actually using the library get an hour, but those who are doing a "dash" have half an hour to get in and out....
    • Sally Richardson over 7 years ago
      All parking should be totally free for all patrons, shoppers, employees and all other legitimate users of a service. why should i have to pay for a ticket to a show, pay for my purchases, or arrive to provide a service to customers when working in an outlet, and then have to pay to park my car as well. doesn't make sense.if the public transport system were such that it was possible to arrive on time in presentable state to any given appointment, it might be different. but it is not. the public transport system in this area/state/country is not good enough to facilitate this, so the only reliable and civilized way to get around is to drive, so parking should be FREE.
      • cloughnan over 7 years ago
        I agree with the above comments although do appreciate if the shopping centre car parks were to be made ticket free or not have a time limit the car parks would be filled with commuters.I would also like to add, the 2 hours limits in some areas are inadequate when you have visitors or want to go the hairdresser, have people coming to do work at your home, etc. North Sydney council allow you (or at least used to) to purchase day passes for visitors (limit 30 per year) and councils in Melbourne allow you to buy a visitor pass. the council should consider these options or extend the time limits in some zones.
  • GeoffP over 7 years ago
    Hi,This is not really local issue but :-I think that council should have some community projects shovel ready for when the Global Financial Crisis mk 2 arrives on our shores. The Federal Govt will have to allocate money freely to sustain employment and Willoughby ccle should be able to nominate worthy projects and get first bight of the cherry. It is my understanding that the heavy stone wall supporting the road up to the top of Harold Reid Reserve was built during the Depression as a make work project.An extension to the Mens Shed at Northbridge may be appropriate ! I imagine there would be many others.
    • Darius over 7 years ago
      Thanks GeoffPDoes anyone else have ideas or suggestions on this issue?
    • Lynn over 7 years ago
      I agree that the bus stop is a real traffic block - it certainly causes congestion. There are two possible changes that could be made - either make a bus bay which would allow the traffic lane to be unimpeded, or to relocate the lane of through traffic. Why couldn't the main traffic be diverted to the lane behind the concourse? At present this is blocked half way along except for Council vehicles, but I believe it would be better used to funnel the traffic off Victoria Avenue through to Archer Street. Of course some of this traffic could probably use Albert Avenue rather than travel along Victoria Avenue.Lynn
  • pang over 7 years ago
    Each time my husband drives pass the bus stop opposite the corner of Victoria Ave & Spring St, he starts complaining about it. Victoria Ave is probably the busiest and most congestive road in Chatswood CBD, a bus stop squeezed in only adds more disturbances and congestion. How about relocating the bus stop a bit further-- only a few steps closer to Anderson St, as the street is wider (at least)? Or do we really need a bus stop there at all, as the next stop is outside Chatswood Chase, which is only a 5-minute walk down the street? Hopefully we are not the only one who has such thoughts.
    • Kathryn over 7 years ago
      Hi pang,Thanks for your comment. I am advised the bus stop was located here for a couple of reasons....Buses find it difficult to pull out from an indented bus bay into the traffic stream as passing traffic is reluctant to stop to let a bus in front of them. The STA requested that Council install the Bus Zone without an indent at this location. To reduce the speed of traffic and discourage use of Victoria Avenue as a through traffic route - Victoria Avenue is part of 40km/h speed zone and the delays created by buses at the Bus Zone, although minimal, help in reducing traffic speeds and discouraging use of Victoria Avenue as a through traffic route. To maximise the footpath width for pedestrians - This section of Victoria Avenue carries far more pedestrian traffic than vehicular traffic and the absence of indented Bus Zones maximises the available footpath width and allows the footpath to be used for activities which enhance pedestrian amenity. The Bus Stop is heavily used which is why Council has introduced a double length bus shelter at the location. The Bus Zone at Chatswood Chase is also heavily utilised and combining the two Bus Zones was not considered feasible. I hope this answers some of your questions.
      • BruceF over 7 years ago
        In response to Pang, there is a need for a bus stop in that area as it is adjacent to the Concourse and Westfield. To remove it and rely on the stop at Chatswood Chase is fine for the fit and able, but it would not necessarly suit the elderly and disabled.Having said that, Pang's concerns are generally valid.With respect to Kathryn's responses, buses have right of way when leaving the kerb and with appropriate signage, the STA might be persuaded about an indented bay.Otherwise I agree with Kathryn.This is certainly a very difficult problem and, apart from these comments I don't pretend to have the answer.
    • ashamazz over 7 years ago
      I think Spring St should be closed to cars. It should become a pedestrian & min bus & taxi zone only. Public transport & walking need to be promoted & encouraged
    • RobbieT over 7 years ago
      This overall issue of traffic congestion can only be solved by implementing a one way traffic flow system. Would be great to have an update from council on this study...
  • BruceF over 7 years ago
    Hi allI've just returned from a Melbourne vacation. Melbourne City has a system of "bike hires" where the public can hire a pushbike from strategic locations (they are in racks and it's self-help) plus a helmet for around $5 for 30 minutes (I seem to remember).This is a great idea and worthy of Council's consideration.
  • Adviser169 over 7 years ago
    I raised my concern in Nov about the poor condition of the lane behind 226 Victoria Ave, and I wonder when something will be done to repair the surface of the lane. I want to declare that I am not an owner of any of those properties nor am I a businessowner or worker in those premises. However I am a visitor to one of the businesses on upper level and the only access has to be via the lane. My husband is a senior and I think it is unsafe for him to walk over potholes, particularly on rainy days. I did ask the business to whom I visited and I was told that many requests have been made to the Council about it. Any action soon?
  • SelinaTsui over 7 years ago
    I was surprised to read unkind comments about young buskers in Chatswood by one of your contributors last month. I think it's not fair to call them 'beggars'. Council is to be applauded for encouraging the young to take part in busking. Children need to be actively engaged in useful activities during their free time, and music students should be encouraged to perform to increase their skills and confidence. (I remember reading that Marina Prior was a busker on the streets of Melbourne many years ago.) I know of 2 such buskers whose mother was watching them from a discreet distance while they were performing during the week to Christmas - they were never left alone. At the end of the 3 days that they had performed, the boys had half of their collection divided into two lots and donated them to the children's wing of their local hospital, and the Westmead Children's Hospital. They only kept half for themselves; they have been doing this for the last couple of years that they had been performing. The people in Chatswood have always been generous in spirit, embracing the goodwill of the season.
    • Darius over 7 years ago
      Hi SelinaTsui,Thanks for sharing your story. How does everyone else feel about this issue?
    • Adviser169 over 7 years ago
      I agree. I would rather the children do busking than playing video game. It is performance before public, nothing wrong with that. I think it is rather cute. I dont think people putting money in treat them as beggar. In fact I think of it as an encouragement.
    • Seadream over 7 years ago
      I believe that adults should be kind and generous to young kids as it could be their first time to perform in public,especially during Christmas time. I wish these buskers would not have a chance to read that unkind comment as they might get so discouraged and lost all their interest in music. One of them might turn out to be a famous Australian musician,who knows!If we all look at and treat the world around us in a positive and friendly way, we will have fewer wars and more peace.May my comment be able to change someone's opinion and treat these buskers more friendly next year!
      • Sally Richardson over 7 years ago
        they were/are a nuisance in an already crowded shopping street. we hardly have room to move in chatswood as it is, without kids sitting on every corner begging.if they wish to perform, a stage with an audience who actually wish to hear/see them perform would be a much better place for their creative talent. please do not subject those of us who just wish to get on with our shopping to their painful performances. that cannot be rewarding for any party involved.and yes, i am a mother of young children, but my children do not need to 'brag' their abilities to total stranger, and do not need to beg to be paid for it either. proceeds to charity or not - it is inappropriate for parents to sit their children on street corners to beg under the guise of a performance - there are better places for them to ""perform". i cannot see that sitting on a street corner is going to breed a future famous 'australian' musician. and anyway from what i saw most of them were not 'Australian' anyway...........
        • Seadream over 7 years ago
          I dislike your comment that "most of them were not 'Australian' anyway". Are you Abriginals? If not, you are not Australian according to your criteria.I won't argue with you any more because it is waste of time. May you keep living in your small world and don't go our often because this global village will frustrate you whenever you go!
          • Sally Richardson over 7 years ago
            Thankfully I am not Australian. I was not born in Australia, so even though I have been given an Australian passport I am definitely not Australian.I wasn't aware you were arguing with me. I certainly wasn't arguing with you. Just exercising my right to my opinion, as I thought you were.
            • Seadream over 7 years ago
              I am very surprised that you don't regard yourself as definitely not an Australian though you hold Australian passport. I believe those kids who you called as "beggers" regard themselves as Australian. If you were a guest of Australia, please be kind to this country owners, those young, innocent kids.Honestly, I pessonally have no intention to argue with you, but want to defend those young, lovely, care-free musicians and encourage them to demonstrate and develop their talent, as they hardly have any chance or can afford to give performance in formal venues, such as opera house or Chatswood concourse.Hope you understand my viewpoint.
    • Wayne over 7 years ago
      Hi AllI totally agree. That's what I tried to convey my message to the wider public in last month's forum. The reference to 'beggars' is very insensitive to the kids to say the least, and should the kids read about such 'negative' comments about them in the website it will be devastating to them I believe. Hope the council will implement some sort of rules / guidance for contributors. The kids' courage of busking should be highly commended for, not to mention their good cause such as helping charities etc. It's part of their learning curve to develop confidence amongst many other attributes. They might all have a dream playing their music in The Concourse one day. Dream and fantasy is of paramount importance for young kids, and I wish the council will encourage more busking particularly for the kids character buidling purposes.
      • Darius over 7 years ago
        Hi Wayne,Thanks for the comments. In regards to mederation of the site, all moderation is carried out by Bang the Table and is independant to Willoughby Council. The moderators do not edit or alter any comments and will only remove comments deemed to be significantly off topic, offensive or malicious, in which case they are removed form the site immediately.Council staff can't edit or remove any of the posts on this forum. However, you can alert the moderator to any comments that you believe to be offensive or malicious by clicking the 'Alert moderator' button which appears beneath each comment. Hope this helps, thanks Wayne.
  • geoff over 7 years ago
    I wish to complain about the Meriton’s apartment development site on Railway Street Chatswood. The working days are current 0700-1700 Monday and Friday, and half a day on Saturday. As a resident living in the apartment next to do it, I wish to report and complain about several issues:1. The construction site states that the working hours are between 0700-1700; however this is not true as often the site’s workers only stops work at 1740.2. It seems unreasonable that we cannot even sleep in peace on the weekend as the site starts drilling at 0700. I wish to question if working on Saturday is really necessary?3. Recently the workers had closed off one side of the footpath making access for pedestrians extremely difficult.It seems that the council does not regulate and approved these changes without implementing an alternative solution for residents near by. Can the council please regulate/monitor these projects closer and view these issues from a resident’s perspective?
    • Darius over 7 years ago
      Hi geoff,Sorry to hear you have these concerns. I have passed on your comment to the relevant department and hope to have a response for you shortly.
    • Darius over 7 years ago
      Hi geoff,I have heard from our Compliance Team and can pass on the following information. Council will have our Rangers visit the Site Foreman and remind them of the approved hours of work as well as including the development site in their regular afternoon patrols, to ensure that the approved hours of work are complied with. The Rangers will also ensure that any items on the public footpaths have a current permit and comply with the Australian Standards for public safety and access.Also, any out-of-hours development activity may be reported to Council on telephone 9777 1000. If phoning after hours, you may contact the On-Call Ranger by listening to the recorded message and following the prompts. The call will then be transferred to the rostered On-Call Ranger.I hope this helps. If you have any further issues please call Council on 9777 1000 and ask to speak to a member of the Compliance Team.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    Traffic lights - Corner Archer & Albert St Chatswood. The traffic at this intersection is increasing. I now find it 'difficult' to do a right hand turn from Albert into Archer (travelling east & then south). There is often too many cars travelling west along Albert. I often do not have time to turn right, before the green light turns red. This has begun to happen, even when I am the first car waiting to turn. A right hand turning arrow would be great (ie as I face the Police Station from my car)
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    A good tourist festival would be 'The Fringe at Chatswood" as in the Adelaide Fringe or the Edinburgh Fringe
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    Recently SBS 1, televised the documentary 'Once upon a time in Cabramatta" at the same time as SBS2 televised the same documentary in Vietnamese. I think this type of bilingual presentation needs to be considered seriously by Willoughby Council. It helps to get the community focus of information out there to communities where english is not their first language. I expect that radio stations for the various cultural communities could be utlilised to spread the community messages that need to be shared.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    Weeds! Yes - I am obsessive! Who follows up the RTA re Weeds? The stretch of Willoughby Rd on the eastern side, before the freeway is a mass of weeds! Who has responsibilty for that mess?The street divider/obstacle at Artarmon Rd & Cobar St is pretty well always a mess of weedsWilloughby Leisure Centre is a good example of the ugliness of poisoning weeds, while new weed just sprout up. Why can they not be hand pulled?Weeds need to be hand pulled when they have seed heads, if not before. A quarterly cycle of spraying by region, allows the seeds to spread ready for next year. The problem grows & grows (pardon the pun!). The cycle needs to be based on the seed production cycle, not a regional cycle.
  • davidvsgoliath over 7 years ago
    Armstrong st east, Willoughby: a tight, two-way and sloping street, the shrubs + trees on the northern side have overgrown onto the road and significantly narrow the passageway: Could the council please trim the shrubs ?
  • Willoughby Admin over 7 years ago
    Hi Everyone,To help keep you up to date with what's happening at Willoughby Council and in the local area we have started posting media releases in the 'library' section of this forum. These media release include information on upcoming events, achievements, planning proposals, sustainability news and other relevant and up to date information. Please take a look at the documents in the 'library' and feel free to make comment or ask questions about any of the issues contained within. Thanks!
  • RobbieT over 7 years ago
    NEW WOOLWORTHS CHATSWOOD EAST - VERY Exciting news in the North Shore Times regarding a new free-standing Woolworths corner of Smith and Gibbes Street. This is only going to be of benefit to us all. This will take the pressure of NorthBridge Plaza (which we know is an absolute nightmare in the car park) and is far overdue. Grocery shopping in the CBD of Chatswood is just not practical. Mind you, council will need to keep a close eye on traffic flow due to the new Bunnings. Smith Street can be quite scary with the two entrances of the Bunnings Car park and the pre-existing drive way to the "Good Guys, Petworld" centre. The should all be no right hand turn out of those car parks.
    • John F over 7 years ago
      I think this would be a positive for the area. Certainly would be walking distance for me (maybe not with a full load of shopping) This together with Bunnings is likely to attract even more business to this area. The traffic flow would need to be managed as at peak hour the Smith Street Intersection is clogged. There is likely to be more people turning right into Smith St from Eastern Valley way overloading the right turn bay. This can become a bit dangerous with cars coming down and banking up EV Way. Even at other times the traffic may be an issue. My suggestion to improve traffic flow is for the council to put in a road bridge between the end of High St and Ashley street across the creek. This would give two main road accesses to the area. i.e.Eastern Valley Way and Penshurst St. It would negatively affect about a dozen houses in Ashley street but would be a great benefit to the wider area in the long term.
    • Trix over 7 years ago
      Sorry to disagree. All we need is another supermarket selling the same limited stock, and creating more traffic. I feel we have sufficient supermarkets in the area already.
    • Wayne over 7 years ago
      Totally agree. More competition is good for consumer, and such a development in that rundown site will bode well for the area and create jobs.
  • RobbieT over 7 years ago
    To any of our neighbours out there who this may mean something to I wish you for this week ahead:Happy Australia Day/ Happy Lunar New Year / Kung Hei Fat Choy / Gong Xi Fa Cai / chúc m?ng n?m m?i / ?? ? ?? ????
  • Trix over 7 years ago
    We live in a wonderful environment thanks to Council and community. I have only one peeve. I like to walk around the suburbs for excercise and get a bit frustrated with residents who have planted shrubs such as moraya outside their properties in the gap left on the pavement near their fenceline. It grows so badly into the footpath area before it is trimmed that my partner and I cannot have a conversation while walking, but must walk single file. When passing someone in the opposite direction, one of us must walk in the dirt. I don't know how mothers with prams and people who use wheelchairs cope.Is it possible for Council to make footpaths wider by filling in this area with concrete so that shrubs such as moraya must be planted within the propertyline of the resident? (this does occur in some places). (I would also plead with residents to keep overhead bushes pruned).
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    I am impressed with the line up at the Incinerator Art Space for this year. I picked up a book mark at the Concourse Library Info. stand. Working in with the Melbourne Incinerator - clever cross marketing. Also providing opportunities for indigenous artists. The Bookmark is good marketing. Knowing dates in advance is good. I can put it in my diary & hence remember to go to the exhibitions.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    The Information stand in the foyer of the Concourse Library is well stocked with good brochures at present. Please continue to keep it up to date.There were news letters from some of the Progress Associations, Lifelin & theatre /shows. Community clubs/organistions & individuals need to be encouraged to be allowed to put their leaflets there. Maybe the stand can be enlarged?The new blue coloured 'Community Learning Term1 2012' booklet is very good. It is the first time I have seen this publication. I know it would not be cheap to publish, but it looks great. It would also encourage people to run courses at Council halls.Maybe it could promote an internet what's on in Chatswood/Willoughby Municipality web site.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    Weeds (yes again)!The verge on the corner of Archer & Albert is a disgrace! The empty block (previously a car park) has been sold, of course , so the verge is no longer Council resposibility!!?? The weeds are rife amongst the Agapanthas which were planted by Council! What do we do? This is a poor look in the centre of our shopping & business district.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    Recycling: I think the general public need to be further educated about recycling. 'Refresher courses"!I am have been an avid recycler. However, even I have been thinking more about it lately. Basically I think that you cannot recycle Polystyrene, cling wrap, plastic shopping bags & anything that is dirty/food on it eg pizza boxes.Can you recycle the crisp plastic covers on biscuits from supermarkets?If a plastic bucket breaks, can I put it in the recylcing?I have looked at the new wesite under weekly recycling service. The list of 'what can be recycled' could be expanded & the 'do not recylcle' list could have more description & helpful enlightening inforamtion. For such an important part of rubbish reduction, it could be given more web site space. It is a big issue of our future & the public need to be well educated to encourage them to do the right thing.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    I like the new Council web site. Very clear & easy to navigate.It was a bit slow to load the AtoZ of Recycling & Weekly recyling service pages.Maybe some images of youth would be good on the front page. The Concourse/upcoming shows
  • Wayne over 7 years ago
    would appreciate more off leash parks for dogs particularly around the Chatswood / East Chatswood areas
  • Darius over 7 years ago
    Hi Everyone!Thanks for sharing so many thoughtful comments and suggestions in the January forum. We will be launching the February forum tomorrow, but as always you will still be able to view previous forums even after they are closed for comment. This includes 'library' items.At the end of each month we print of a full list of all comments on the forum and pass on to our senior management here at Council. As 'hot' topics arise, such as traffic, busking, weeds, parking and others, we will be discussing possible solutions with the relevant departments. We hope to make a difference by using the feedback our Online Community Panel and the community provides us through this forum.Looking forward to hearing your thoughts in Februrary!