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In Waverley NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at Waverley Bowling Club 163 Birrell Street Waverley NSW 2024:

Susan Sedgwick commented

To Waverley Council

We object to the proposed development which is grossly overscale for the site and out of keeping with the density and heritage character of the surrounding neighbourhood. The bowling club building is an important local landmark in an area that has lost many of its heritage buildings, particularly those from the 20th century. Its distinctive design is a key marker on Birrell Street and the club and its building are well loved and used by the community.

The immediate area is already congested due to the location of Waverley College, it’s multiple campuses, and Waverley Park, which has various sporting competitions and training sessions held there every day of the week.

The development will substantially increase traffic congestion on Birrell Street, which is heavily used and experiences daily traffic jams (and gridlock during Sculpture by the Sea), and will seriously increase demand for parking in an area that already has significant parking pressures. Council attempted to address existing traffic issues when Henrietta Street was split in two and converted to one way. Henrietta Street and Langlee Avenue are both narrow and already suffer traffic jams twice daily at school drop off and pick up times as well as during school open days and evening functions. Langlee is a dangerous street as it has a sharp curve and blind spot. Substantially increasing traffic to these two small streets will result in poor outcomes for residents and stakeholders.

Adding a child care centre and seniors accommodation to this mix shows a complete disregard for the local community as it will only add to the traffic issues with a large new parent population dropping off and picking up children at the same time as existing school parents. We already have issues with Waverley College parents driving at speed in our local area potentially endangering local children and adults who cross the road. Another issue is P plate drivers (Waverley College seniors) driving to school, loitering while residents leave in order to secure a park in our streets. The local area is small but already busy and complicated with this mix of drivers and users.

The proposal shows a complete lack of understanding of the local environment, the existing traffic and parking issues seems designed only to greatly exacerbate these. The community has already voted no to two previous larger development proposals for this site. Easts seems determined to push ahead regardless of their past promises, community and stakeholder opinion or commonsense. I appreciate that Easts will not give up on their quest to develop the site therefore I would support a significantly scaled back proposal that considered community needs and addressed parking and traffic issues - this is not that proposal.

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