New South Wales
I have the following concerns about the Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment
Access to nearby streets:
Having a driveway to enter or exit the proposed car park on Moore Park road would cause traffic to build up on Moore Park Road. It would be impossible to enter of exit Poate Road during an event.
Parking in nearby streets:
My biggest concern is that with the increased capacity of the new stadium, the parking in nearby streets will be further restricted. There was already a major issue with parking in nearby streets when there was an event with the previous stadium, now with the planned increase in capacity, parking and traffic management is a greater issue.
I live in Poate Road centennial Park, which has 1hr parking up to 10pm. This 1hr parking only effects the locals. Anyone going to an event just ignores it and takes there chances with parking officers that hardly monitor the street. Previously during events there would not be a single spot available anywhere for residents. Event patrons completely ignored the 1hr parking limit. The last 2 events at the stadium before it was demolished, were sold out. Event patrons parked all over the footpath on Poate Road. The stadium should be required to monitor for issues like this and should have been required to call tow trucks to have the cars removed and fined for the damage to the grass areas next to the footpath.
It is not good enough to say that there is an existing 1hr parking restriction and therefore no changes are needed. This issue is affecting the amenity of the residents. The stadium is causing the issue and should have controls in place to minimize the effect of its patrons disturbing the local residents.
I propose that during events local streets should have parking for residents and their guests only. This sort of arrangement is not unprecedented. Next to the beach at Watsons bay the parking is for residents only. The residents should be provided with free stickers identifying them as residents of the street and they should be provided free guest passes for their visitors.
Even at non event times whenever Moore Park road is busy, many cars drive through Poate Road as a shortcut. Poate Road should really be for local traffic only.
Noise level for nearby residential properties:
The existing level of noise from the previous stadium should not be exceeded. I was very happy with noise level of the existing stadium. Most of the time during events I could not hear anything. The SCG on the other hand, which is very open, the noise that comes from it is at least 10x louder than the noise from the previous Sydney football stadium at my location.
Also, I believe there should be strict controls in place for any sort of alarm. Currently the SCG has a faulty fire alarm that goes off at least once a week. It is super loud and says evacuate now when there is no one there. It regularly goes off in the middle of the night.
Also the definition of a faulty alarm needs to be clearly defined. When I contacted the SCG about their fire alarm constantly going off when there is no fire, they said it is not faulty because it went off for a reason. The reason just happened to be something other then a fire even though it was a fire alarm. Also the alarm would go off for around 10 mins because apparently they are not allowed to turn it off and need to wait for the fire brigade to come and turn it off.
I find it really strange that it goes off so much and yet has never gone off during an event at the SCG.
The stadium should be designed to be enclosed as much as possible to restrict noise from it polluting the nearby residential properties.
With the SCG, on event days they close off driver avenue so they can prepare for the event. Any closing off driver Avenue to prepare for events at either the SCG or Sydney football stadium should be during off peak hours only. Once the Lang Road end of Drivers Ave was blocked at 3PM on a Friday afternoon. Many parents pickup and drop off their children at the Lang Road end of Drivers ave before and after school to get Buses on Anzac Pde. Blocking the road at peak hour created a major traffic problem.
Also with the increased height of the development, I propose that the existing FSR, and height limits of nearby streets like Poate Road be reviewed as they are very low. With the stadium having the opportunity to be redeveloped and increase it size, so to should other nearby locations.