New South Wales
My expectation was that Northcote street would be restored to how it was(or the way it was) before the WestConnex Civil and Tunnelling site was constructed. i.e. Restore the road surface with both footpaths and associated nature strips, stormwater runoff paths, etc. On the current plan(option2) for me this would mean, restoring the original street up to the green space/ park.
1. The current cul-de-sac was to be temporary only. It was not designed to be permanent . For us, it has been a loss of amenity for the last 6 years. We cannot park on either side of the street outside our property and it is difficult reversing out of our driveway.
I think this modification proposal is an opportunity to build a proper (cul-de-sac) at the new end of the street, adjacent to the proposed park.
Does the current cul-de-sac meet RTA standards?
Looking at other cul-de-sac built along the westconnex M4, M5 projects I see nice circular roads and with sweeping footpaths around them, this is what I envisage as a cul-de-sac .
2. The current proposal shows the footpath on both sides of the street would stop at the current construction perimeter. And a continuous hand rail running across the - footpath, nature strip, part of the road and down the proposed ramp.
This would mean that all pedestrians would be funneled onto the road from the associated footpaths and down the proposed ramp to access the park and Parramatta rd. With the proposed park we would see an increase in pedestrian traffic ; children, elderly and parents with their prams. Hence, this path layout would present a major hazard for pedestrians and would be a safety issue.
It Would be safer to have the footpath continue and contiguous from the south of Northcote street down to the park. This would also mean that the street can slope down to the park, at an easier gradient than the proposed ramp. It would also match the current streetscape.
As can be seen, I am little puzzled with the ramp, railings and pits on each side of the ramp design proposal, surely the pits and the access ramp batters are an additional hazard for children. This design would seem to have a lot more safety issues, compared to one, in which the current street was allowed to continue to the North side of the Park.
Also, having a railing across the footpath is ugly. Unfortunately, THE VIEW FROM NORTHCOTE STREET, indicative imagery (figure 1 Appendix B) does not show the hand rail sections that extend to the sides of the street, ie, across the footpaths and to the property boundaries.
If the street is closed to cars, how will the residents of the R2 Low Density Residential Zoned area get to their properties?
3. On the current proposal the hoarding alongside our property is to remain. This hoarding has not weathered well and is an eyesore along the entire side of our property. The steel beams holding up the hoarding have corroded, exposing a red/brown colour down the length of the beam. The hoarding on our side has not been cleaned/repainted or maintained over the entire time of its existence.
Why is it proposed to keep this hoarding up?
How long is it intended to keep this hoarding up?
Between the construction hoarding and our boundary fence there exist an area of approximately 0.5 meters in width. This area is filled with overgrown shrubs, weeds and vermin. My expectation was that, as the hoarding was removed, this area would be cleaned up and the land levelled out to match the land level on our property. Will this still be done if the hoarding is left up?
Who will maintain this hoarding and surrounding area?
4. On the current proposal the land level on the Civil and Tunnelling site will not be restored to the level of pre-construction. It was always indicated that the land adjacent to my property would be restored to the original level. If this is not done my concern is our land will drop down towards the civil and tunnelling site. Does a retaining wall need to be installed to prevent this?
In the first proposal on September 2021, I was against closing Northcote street to traffic, my thinking was, that if there are traffic issues in Northcote street then the inner west council in consultation with the surrounding residents would work through traffic management solutions and the last resort would be to close off the street, not the first.
Now in this proposed modification(option2), I support having a green space/park at the end of the street. Maybe, the park can be smaller and could have some trees.
Objections are as follows:
1. Do not support the cul-de-sac to remain at the front of my home.
2. Do not support the footpath to be cut off with a hand railing and the road/ramp arrangement.
3. Do not support the hoarding in current state to remain alongside our property.
4. Do not support the land level on the Civil and Tunnelling site, to remain below ours.
Therefore, I don't agree with this proposal in its current form.