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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 MB Meting out some parking justice IT WOULD seem that once again Ashfield Council cannot resist the temptation of visiting the parking meters issue. True, it is money for jam -- charging we ratepayers to park on OUR public streets -- but why, then, do I hear Leichhardt residents and shopkeepers complaining so bitterly, and the odd rumour that Burwood is about to pull the meters out. The Greens, councillors Stott and Wangman, would have us believe they are the champions of our residents; the Liberals the champions of small business; the mayor already having declared his hand as a No vote -- that only leaves Labor. Surely what the Prime Minister has recently given so generously cannot be taken away by his Ashfield comrades. Well, that's resolved -- it should go down unanimously. We will watch, see and remember. Gulian Vaccari Haberfield Pharmacy The state of play at 6-10 Cecily St HOUSING NSW can confirm that properties at 6 to 10 Cecily St, Belfield, have undergone an external inspection by Housing NSW contractors to determine whether or not they're suitable for redevelopment (''Street's future unclear'', IWW, April 16). The residents of these homes were informed in writing on March 27 that assessments would be taking place. These properties, and a range of others across NSW, are being considered for potential redevelopment under the Nation Building and Economic Stimulus Plan. The Cecily St properties have not been included in the redevelopment program at this stage, but the assessment of the full program is not yet complete. Mike Allen Director-General Housing NSW The real strategy behind bridge deal THE state government has approved the RTA's so-called ''upgrading'' of Victoria Rd, which involves increasing the number of lanes for peak flows and a controversial new bridge over Iron Cove. The whole project is touted as being necessary in order to improve bus services. The spin and public relations nonsense espoused by the RTA and the government on this project suggest a more sinister agenda. The public is left to speculate as to whether the peak-hour road widening, from two lanes to three, might be to feed the planned M4 East motorway, or perhaps to progress the property development interests of Labor Party powerbrokers. Buses on Victoria Rd could be dramatically improved tomorrow, just by policing the transit lane. The people-carrying capacity of the road would increase immediately. Even state revenue would benefit, temporarily. The reasons for the government's mysterious enthusiasm for a second Iron Cove bridge will eventually be revealed. Kevin Eadie Drummoyne More groups to follow suit please SHIREEN Khalil's article on Danny Lim being banned from Strathfield Plaza (April 9) showed me that we, the residents of Strathfield, can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Now all we need is for a few other people and organisations to follow Memo Corporation's example and also ban him, and hopefully we will be rid of Mr Lim forever. This man was elected on a handful of votes with a personal vendetta against a previous councillor, yet the damage he is doing is irresponsible and not in the interests of progressing the area. He is, in fact, wasting ratepayers' money with his idiot motions. C. Burriss Strathfield Parking meters punitive Shop owners protest against the introduction of the parking meters. I REFER to your article ''Prospect of meters greeted with fury'' (April 9) and would like to point out one crucial element missing from the story -- I was the only councillor present at the meeting who spoke strongly against all of the harsh revenue-raising measures. In fact, I requested that my opposition to the proposals be recorded in the minutes of that meeting, as I was disgusted and thought of walking out of the meeting. I made it clear that under no circumstances will I support any rate increase, or the introduction of parking meters and employing rangers to fine more people. These measures are punitive -- they are anti-resident and anti- business. As a small businessman for over 21 years, I can understand the negative impact these harsh measures will have on local businesses. A quick visit to Bondi is a clear example of the devastating ef- fects parking meters will have on our community. I asked council staff to look for savings within their departments, considering that 50 per cent of all revenue is spent on wages, be- fore they think about adding more pressure on struggling residents who have been slugged with three rate variations in recent years. Ashfield residents are already unhappy about the level of service they are getting for the rates they pay and I agree wholeheartedly with them. I would like to take this oppor- tunity to urge residents and busi- ness alike to be vigilant and take part in the process by contacting councillors and council manage- ment to express their objection to these harsh measures. Cr Morris Mansour Deputy Mayor Ashfield Municipal Council WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. 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