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Open Forum

by Willoughby Admin, over 7 years ago

The 'Open Forum' has become a very popular area for our Online Community Panel Members as well as the local community to have their say on a wide range of local issues.

PleaseĀ 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.

This consultation has concluded.

  • Darius over 7 years ago
    Feel free to leave any questions or comments in this Open Forum. We will endeavour to reply to questions and supply you with the information you are looking for. Other community members may also be able to help you out with ideas and suggestions about any issue you raise.Please take a look at the 'library' section of the site for media releases and other information about Council activities and events. You may also have noticed we now have a Facebook and Twitter live feed on the page so you can see what is happening around Willoughby!Looking forward to hearing your views!
  • charlie over 7 years ago
    Pedestrians in Chatswood.Having completed the Pedestrian Survey I wanted to add something. We use Chatswood a lot, both as drivers and pedestrians. I think some of the problems we have with pedestrian movement can be solved by improving pedestrian opportunity!! There is a very long wait time at the pedestrian controlled lights on Victoria Avenue at The Concourse. This encourages people to ignore the lights. There is a similar problem at the two main intersections where there is the mix of pedestrian and vehicular traffic: Archer/Victoria and Anderson/Victoria. The wait time is not as bad as the Victoria Pedestrian Crosiing mentioned above, but it could be improved.By contrast, the pedestrian crossing between the two Westfield buildings is not light controlled and pedestrians have a better opportunity to get across the road. The area between the railway and Chatswood Chase is heavily used by pedestrians and I wonder if Council should begin to think more about the ease of walking in this shopping, entertainment and business space. I accept that there may be vehicular issues that I am not aware of, but I think that pedestrians in this space need a better go.
    • Darius over 7 years ago
      Hi charlie,Thanks for the additional feedback. We appreciate this kind of specific information. I have passed on your comments to our Road Safety Officer to include as part of the Pedestrian Safety consultation. Results of the consultation will be made available through this site in the near future.Thanks charlie!
    • BruceF over 7 years ago
      Let's have a good look at pedestrian safety when cars consistently run the red lights at Pacific Highway and Albert Avenue. I have drawn this matter to the attention of Police a couple of times but, being a regular user of this intersection as a pedestrian, have never seen a police presence. Could Council, RTA and/or police PLEASE monitor this before there is a serious pedestrian accident?Thank you.
      • charlie over 7 years ago
        Thank you BruceF, we find this intersection extremely dangerous both as drivers and as pedestrians. Some pedestrians do risk their lives here. Add to that the issues of traffic into and out of the lanes near the highway, traffic into the carpark and pedestrians crossing Albert and there is a very big problem. I should have added the pedestrian lights on Albert near the railway bridge as lights that need a quicker response for pedestrians.
  • Trix over 7 years ago
    Archer street has become much busier since we moved to the area ten years ago, and is now quite dangerous. The speed limit is not adhered to and the pedestrian crossing at Archer and Ashley streets is positively dangerous. My partner was almost bowled over this week by a car turning right from Ashley into Archer when the pedestrian 'walk' sign was in operation. My neighbour has also had a couple of near misses on Archer and Rose streets. Cars also park too close to our driveway, making it difficult to leave our driveway without pulling too close to the opposite traffic lanes. Please stop funnelling more traffic onto this street. It can't take any more.
    • Willoughby Admin over 7 years ago
      Hi Trix,Council is concerned about the amount of traffic passing through the Chatswood CBD and is seeking to address this matter by encouraging motorists to use active transport (walking and cycling) and public transport. Council is also lobbying the RMS (formerly RTA) to improve traffic conditions on major arteries which will cut down on the amount of traffic diverting from roads such as Boundary Street and Pacific Highway through Chatswood. The RMS has recently upgraded the intersection of Mowbray Road and Pacific Highway and is finalising plans for an upgrade to the intersection of Pacific Highway and Boundary Street. These works should help to ease pressure on Archer Street.In terms of speed limits, this is a matter for the police however we have passed on your concerns and comments.If vehicles are parking too close to your driveway Council can look at improving this situation and in some cases we have introduced linemarking adjacent to driveways to help keep the driveway clear. In cases where two driveways are sited very close together with a gap between them that is too small to safely park a car we can also install a No Parking zone across both driveways to keep the kerbspace clear.I hope this is of some assistance. Kathryn
  • RobbieT over 7 years ago
    Traffic Nightmare - Saturday Stand Still.Gridlock in the area between Victoria Ave, along Penhurst Street onto Mowbray Road down into Willoughby Road.Saturdays CLEARWAYS need to be informed in this area on Saturdays between AM Saturday until at least 2pm.Seems that there is weekends are not a priority to any level of government.
    • Willoughby Admin over 7 years ago
      Hi Robbie T,Thanks for raising this with us...The issues you describe about gridlock along the route via Penshurst St, Mowbray Rd and Willoughby Road on Saturdays are noted. This route is also a State Road route under the control of the RMS (formerly the RTA). Staff have advised the RMS of your concerns and have asked that the matter be investigated.Kathryn
  • Grilled Bear over 7 years ago
    I have read the report by the consultant re Bicycle Route Plans.I would like to know exactly how much this cost .I'd like to know why the council's employees , even one person with a little bit of nous couldn't draw up a plan. There is nothing high tech about it.I am very underwhelmed by the report. Last Friday I went for a ride in some western suburbs . Total 46 km . All but 500 meters on shared pathways. No North Shore council will ever match the more progressive councils in the west.
    • Greenberg over 7 years ago
      Willoughby council has done such a terrible job in implementing safe cycleways. I cycle to work to the CBD every work day and there are no proper bike lanes in which to ride on. There would only be 100 metres of proper green cycle path for me to ride on in the 12 km ride. I ride the most direct and easiest (but most dangerous route) along Eastern Valley way, through northbridge, along strathallen to cammeray and then onto the freeway to Milsons point and Harbour bridge to CBD. There are no shared cycle paths or cycle ways or bike lanes that whole route other than about 50 - 80 metres from teh turn off on Cammeray to the freeway.I rode from inner west to CBD and back again to get my car serviced and there are cycle ways almost the whole way, and yet there is far less space on roads for this, but those councils have made it a priority to implement cycleways to encourage more cyclists to commute.
    • Adviser169 over 7 years ago
      Chatswood is an established suburb, it will be very hard to do the same thing as those councils which basically can paint on a blank canvas.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    Warringah & Pittwater & Manly Councils have two (2) good booklets/brochures to help older people find suitable activities. I saw these at Manly library foyer.'Time on your hand? A catalogue of things to dofor men over 65 on the Northern Beaches'This fold-out brochure is printed in bold font & easy to browseThere would be a need for similar brochures aimed at over 55 year old men & women.Retirement is a growth industry"Services, activities & housing directory for seniors 2012-2013"This booklet is most informative & looks cheery.Willoughby & NOrth Sydney & Lane Cove Councils could produce this for our community
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    Willoughby produced a womnderful brochure for the 2012 Heritage Festival "Amazing Stories: Innovation + Invention 14-29 April 2012"It included brilliant photos & old photos.I found these very interesting, but the brochure did not have captions to explain the photosMaybe the brochure could include a link to read the captions on the Willoughby Council website. I know that there is often insufficient room on the brochure for this detail
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    WeedsCommunicating how to eradicate weeds is not easy. How do you get the message out there to the greater community?A video says a thousand words.Coles recipes with Curtis Stone are just great.http://recipes.coles.com.au/recipes/2042/slow-cooked-beef-ragu-with-rigatoni/A video/Utube could have voice overs in a large choice of languages, explaining how to pull out weeds, what is a weed, weed identification. Bushcare course on U Tube.The various Councils could produce thias as a joint venture.
    • Willoughby Admin over 7 years ago
      Hi Ashamazz,We really appreciate a lot of the fabulous ideas you have posted on the forum! Our bushcare team have made several promotional videos and used Youtube get the message out as part of their ongoing education program. We will certainly pass on your comments however and let you know if any new education based ones are in the making....we might even see some of them making their way onto the big screen at The Concourse in the near future.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    WeedsHand pulling woody weeds is dead easy in wet weather & winter time.Mowing & poisioning does not work in wet times as the equipemtn ruins the ground & the poisin becomes diluted.Time allocation to hand pulling in wet times is a good use of man power ie when they cannot mow or pioson.Resources are allocated to cleaning footpaths, picking up rubbish & litter.The future needs resource allocation to weeds.Morning glory, bidence/cobblers peg. asthma weed, belladona - to name a few
  • Caroline over 7 years ago
    Has anyone noticed the massive increase in smoking and littering in the Chatswood Mall these last 2 years? The No Smoking initiative seems to be failing with more students lighting up then I've ever seen. You cant walk from the station to Chase without getting several lung-fulls of second hand smoke. Why are the no smoking signs on the new benches? The smokers sit down and they can no longer see the sign. You cant even enjoy the new bench seating without breathing in the second hand smoke.The signs outside the Westfield entrance are a joke as the smokers just stand one inch beside the sign and light up making absolutely no difference. I understand Council are working on some new signage now. I just hope it'll be a more aggressive approach and the Rangers will back them up with actual fines.
    • Willoughby Admin over 7 years ago
      Hi Caroline, During the 2011 / 2012 period, Willoughby City Council issued 362 fines for littering offences. The majority of these fines were for littering offences caused by smokers discarding cigarette butts.Council is committed to improving signage regarding smoking restrictions in the CBD Mall. Council is also committed to improving education and awareness of its smoke free environment policy.It is an ongoing campaign of which we are confident we will have some more success. We appreciate your concerns and have advised our rangers of your observations.Kathryn
    • Greenberg over 7 years ago
      Yes, I too have noticed this.About time Willoughby council did something and sent a few Rangers along to actually book people rather than just giving them a warning.
  • Basil over 7 years ago
    Council rates are on the up again. I live in St. Leonards, can someone please explain to me why is it that someone a street away in North Sydney council pays $185 a quarter, another person a street in the other direction in Lane Cove city council pays $216, Mosman city council $237 a quarter, $268 for kuringai and yet we in Willoughby Council now pay $283.60 a quarter, $20.25 of which is the Environmental restoration program. I don't mind paying as long as the money is put into good use but I am alittle mystified how the cost of running Willoughby City Council can be so substantially higher than neighbouring councils? Our density levels are equivalent to Mosman and North Sydney. Sure we do not have the level of subsidy businesses provides through their rates as with the case of North Sydney, and willoughby has sprawling boundaries but still the majority of Council expenditure feels like it gravitates towards Chatswood.
    • Adviser169 over 7 years ago
      I totally agree. I want to know what the Environmental Restoration Program has spent on. I dont believe there is any extra funding for bushcare or cleaning. Look at the bird droppings all over Spring street. As a fair number of people rated environment as one of their big concern, I suspect the council has spent money on 'opportunistic' environmental training to look progressive. I have been to some and was not very impressed.