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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 MB The reverend Dalba Primmer and bellringers at St Paul's Burwood with Gladys Lim (right). Labouring over parking dilemma PARKING is a problem in Ashfield, Summer Hill, Croydon, Croydon Park and Haberfield. We recognise the frustration caused when people cannot find parking near their home, business or shopping destination. Some parking spots are monopolised for long periods and this is not good for local businesses, which need turnover and access for customers. There is not enough parking for commuters. Some people ignore the parking restrictions. The list goes on. Parking is a problem, but we don't want to turn our suburbs into a parking lot. We need to balance the need for parking with having livable suburbs. Ashfield Labor wants to find real solutions to the problems of parking, which is why we want further council reports on how to improve this nagging issue. Ashfield Labor insists that no decision can be taken without knowing what residents and businesses want and need, but before we have that discussion, we need some new options and ideas, or things will just stay the same. Ashfield Labor recognises that we need a new approach. Our view is that it is short-sighted to rule out considering imposing some of the cost of providing new and refurbished parking on those who will park in these facilities. If you have thoughts on Ashfield Labor's view, ring 9797 2495 or email email@example.com Councillors Lucille McKenna, Mark Drury, Jeanette (Mie) Wang and Alex Lofts Lots of chatter on the meter matter AT THE last Ashfield Council committee meeting, where the introduction of parking meters was discussed, the vote to install the meters was 9-2 in favour. Four out of the nine in favour spoke, the other five were silent -- not a word. Cr Caroline Stott, while attempting to convince business- owners that parking meters would increase business, was told to ''tell that to the business-owners who went broke in Leichhardt'' when meters were introduced. Cr Lucille McKenna told the meeting that the rates in Ashfield do not generate sufficient funds. If that is the case, why is she in favour of borrowing millions for a civic centre we cannot afford? Cr Mark Drury didn't tell us why he was in favour of parking meters, however he did insult the 6500 signatories of the anti-meters petition by stating ''petitions mean nothing''. Cr Lyle Kennedy wants a further report. Maybe he believes another report will give council time to come up with a sketch to show us what a ''heritage'' parking meter will look like in Haberfield. I would not be surprised if ratepayers have to foot the cost of bikinis for the women councillors who will probably end up as meter maids before the next election, feeding the meters when asking for residents' votes. Julie Passas Ashfield Meeting to discuss meters debate MY petition in regards to no parking meters in the Ashfield municipality generated more than 6500 signatures from small- business people, shoppers and residents of Haberfield -- which is extraordinary considering there are only approximately 6000 residents in Haberfield -- and that is only one ward of the four in the municipality. Readers will be aware that the issue of Ashfield Council's proposed installation of parking meters is very, very serious. Certain councillors pushing for this latest money grab are desperate to keep the council functioning, even though it is in grave financial difficulties. Parking meters will hit ratepayers yet again in the hip pocket, but do these councillors care? I care -- I care for my family, my neighbours and the municipality I have lived in for over 30 years. That is why I have convened a public meeting on behalf of business-owners, residents, ratepayers and visiting shoppers for the entire municipality, which includes Ashfield, Haberfield, Summer Hill and Croydon, at Haberfield library on Monday, May 4, commencing at 6.45pm. A guest speaker at this meeting will be the mayor of Ashfield, Ted Cassidy. Vittoria Raciti Haberfield The kind of music which is a-pealing I MET an unusual group of dedicated musicians during Burwood Council's Heritage Week -- they can't take their instruments home. They are the bellringers of St Paul's Anglican Church, Burwood. Only three visitors at a time can go up to the belltower. For five minutes we heard the ringing of bells with 84 different sequences, and not one was repeated. On Sunday, April 16, the bellringers played half muffled as the march went down Burwood Rd to the Burwood Anzac Memorial Service at Burwood Park. Gladys Lim Strathfield Let's take a closer look at Option B THE entire State Government knows the announcement to build a second Iron Cove Bridge stinks, but they need to manage to get one plan off the drawing board so all of the others can be placed back on it. The announcement states that the government consulted local residents and, as a result, increased funding (up $20 million to $175 million) and improved the design. The consultation process was a farce, with plans that lacked dimensions (and still do) and time wasted because nothing changed from one meeting to the next. What the announcement doesn't say is that there is an alternative using the existing bridge pylons that would decrease the cost significantly. 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