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In Chatswood NSW on “Albert Avenue Railway...” at Albert Avenue, Chatswood,:

David Grover commented

I wish to lodge the strongest objection to the installation of these signs on five grounds:

1 The railway overpass is immediately adjacent to the Garden of Remembrance, a sacred local garden area and an historical and listed local heritage area set aside for contemplation and passive enjoyment. Continuously changing brightly illuminated signage is incompatible with its purpose and will compromise its use. NSW Government Legislation SEPP 64 clause 1.3.1 prohibits such signage in land zones listed as heritage conservation or environmentally sensitive areas.

2 Anzac Day Dawn Services are held annually in the area immediately in front of one of the proposed signs, and would seriously impact the solemnity of these occasions.

3 The architectural design of the overpass is deliberately integrated with the side walls of the rail corridor and its aesthetic employs an unbroken undulating gently curved architectural surface, designed intentionally to soften the visual impact of the bridge structure and integrate it with the railway station and its stanchions along the length of the Remembrance Garden and this bridge overpass. It is highly effective in this and the addition of large digital signage would significantly compromise this purposeful feature. SEPP 64 specifically states: "Special rules apply to the type of advertisements allowed on bridges and overpasses to ensure that the architectural qualities of the bridge and safety along the transport corridor are not compromised." and in 2.5.5a "The architecture of the bridge must not be diminished....The sign should not compromise the architectural and visual quality of the bridge structure."

4 There is a busy pedestrian crossing immediately below and in front of this overpass. This crossing is favoured by shoppers, families and is a favoured bicycle route. Constantly changing bright advertising would introduce a distraction to drivers as they approach it and has serious safety implications. This crossing is encountered suddenly by drivers while passing under the bridge, the very moment these signs are designed to attract their attention. NSW Government legislation states that outdoor digital illuminated signage must not be positioned where such safety issues arise and must avoid positions resulting with potential for distraction of drivers.

SEPP 64 states that the sign must not "in any other way reduce safety for drivers, pedestrians or other bridge users."
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Road Safety Assessment Criteria Table 4 of SEPP 64 states: "1. Would the proposal reduce the safety for any public road?" 2. Would the proposal reduce the safety for pedestrians or bicyclists?"

Clause 3.3.3 states: "Proximity to decision making points and conflict points:
It is important that drivers are not distracted near decision making points or conflict points to allow concentration to be focused on the driving task where the driver’s attention requirements are greater....Conflict points are locations such as intersections or pedestrian crossings where crash risk is greater."
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"a. The sign should not be located:
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ii. less than the safe stopping sight distance from a marked foot crossing, pedestrian crossing, pedestrian refuge, cycle crossing, cycleway facility or hazard within the road environment"

Note that there are numerous other criteria in Section 3 of SEPP 64 which would prohibit such signage proximate to a busy pedestrian crossing.

5 There will be a significant visual impact for residents to the west of the bridge, as the signage will illuminate the eastern corner of 73 Albert Av high rise units as well as the Igloo student accommodation adjacent to the sign.

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