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In Thirroul NSW on “Commercial - demolition of...” at 282-298 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul NSW 2515:

Carmen Poulton commented

With regard to the proposal of DA - 2020/363 to be granted in Thirroul I find this to be highly irresponsible. Whilst Thirroul Plaza needs refurbishing, it certainly doesn’t need the extra proposed development of 82 residential apartments. The existing roads in Thirroul are already heavily congested. I and many residents living in Thirroul and surrounds, constantly experience the gridlock trying to get in and out of the area safely. Putting extra traffic lights on Lawrence Hargrave Drive does not solve this problem as it only leads to further frustration of drivers trying to get to their destinations. Lawrence Hargrave Drive was constructed in the 1870s with no obvious foresight for future development in the area therefore causing the major problems of today. WCC has allowed the residential areas to now become overpopulated within this region. The Illawarra escarpment has already experienced devastating bushfires in years past. The 1968 fires should be a lesson learnt, as the area then was not as populated and the thought of fires occurring now, with Wollongong Council allowing constant further development in the area, is totally irresponsible. We have had further fires in the Royal National Park in the 1990’s and 2000’s spreading quickly down the escarpment which have also been threatening. How can anyone escape quickly and safely if this catastrophe were to occur again? WCC need to consider all the repercussions of not being able to escape. How can emergency transport be effective in gridlock areas? As there is only one (1) main road accessing the Thirroul area it should be obvious this is always going to cause havoc. With over 11,000 residents living in Thirroul, Austinmer, Coledale, Wombarra, Clifton and Scarborough area alone all vying to escape safely and quickly, it stands to reason that the approval of more residential development will cause MORE complications to the major problems that already exit. Noise and environmental pollution Is another concern for this area.

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