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In Upper Ferntree Gully VIC on “Development of a Medical...” at 1 Mount View Road, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156:

Steven Alexander commented

As a resident of the area since 1989 - it has been fascinating to read the comments regarding the proposed development at 1 Mount View Road - Upper Ferntree Gully.

We purchased a small home in Albert Street, and have enjoyed the unique area. It was wonderful to raise our family within close proximity to the UFTG Primary School, Angliss Hospital, Talaskia Reserve, Rlwy Station, & Ferntree Plaza - to name but a few conveniences.

Those who reside at the 'Foothills' know how unique and delicate our little corner of the world is. To this end, I must object to the size and scale of the proposed development in its current form.
Although many of the objectors have made good points - I took most note of the posts by Sally Scott, Jacques Poldermans and Hills Mate. Well done.

I too have been bemused and amused by the interesting phrasing, terminology and arguments of some of the supporters of the proposal - eg Patricia, Ruth and Faye. Vicki Toes lovingly refers to them as 'The Gals'. Love It!

I agree that the building appears unattractive - and not sympathetic to the area. Perhaps it would be more apt in Hawthorn or Malvern? Sally's point regarding the parking is well made. If there are only 19 car spaces for 13 doctors and patients, support staff, and deliveries - it would most likely add to car congestion at Ferntree Plaza and the Grand Hotel.

However magnanimous 20 on site bike spaces may appear at first - closer scrutiny reveals the following -
The doctors at the practice will not be utilizing the bike spaces. I imagine that there would be 13 'Doctors Only' car parking spaces (You will easily be able to identify the 'Doctors Only' slots - they will be well populated by Mercedes Benz and Range Rovers).This leaves only 6 parking spaces available to the patients and the rest!

The proposal is being promoted as being conveniently located to public transport. Well, most people who are elderly or unwell will not be using public transport. They will either be driving their own vehicle (not a bicycle) - or being transported by a caring support person (not a 2 seat bicycle). Traffic and parking congestion!

We already have 2 medical surgeries and 3 practicing doctors within 400 metres of the proposal. The Orion Medical Centre on the Burwood Highway has only one doctor at present - but has room for more doctors to join the clinic as the need arises.

For medical emergencies - the Angliss Hospital is approximately 500 metres from the proposed development. Having my 2 children born there, as well as our own medical emergencies and outpatient treatments -I can vouch that there is nothing wrong with the Angliss!

I am sympathetic with the sensible and sensitive development of the 'Foothills' - and would not be averse to a smaller clinic of, say, 5 doctors on a single story - or a discreet double story of no more than 9 metres.

Having lodged my objection to the council, I was advised that the issue will most likely end up in VCAT early next year - as the objections have been quite vociferous on this issue.

Well done everyone!


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