New South Wales
I wish to express my grave concerns regarding this planned facility.
I do so as a resident of Ryedale Rd for the past 25 years.
These concerns can be categorised under the following:
a) ITS SITING ON RYEDALE RD,
b)ITS SIZE--HEIGHT AND SPREAD
c)THE NUMBER OF CARS USING IT DAY AND NIGHT
d)THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
e)THE CONSEQUENCES OF ALL THE ABOVE ON THE SURROUNDING RESIDENTIAL STREETS.
In relation to each of these may I ask you to consider the following:-
a)THE SITING ON RYDEDALE RD.
This site is at the top of a steep hill(from West Ryde), a long hill winding from Denistone Station,a nearby, narrow winding hill( Florence Ave).It's at the back of the hospital and neighbours other health facilities--including, significantly, PRP which is next door to the entry and exit of the proposed car park.
This access point has, for several years, been used to a staff car park and has been a constant source of traffic problems e.g.
-turning left in and crossing exit lane,
-turning right out on Ryedale Rd against direction,
-making a u-turn around median strip on top of the hill,
-making a u-turn just inside Fifth Ave.
All of these are conducted under the most challenging of conditions notably the poor lines of vision viz:
-inability to see beyond the crest of the hill,
-parked cars in a winding Fifth Ave,
-entry an d exit manoeuvres into single lane driveway at PRP and from driveways on opposite side of street,
-parked cars to the right along Ryedale Rd.
A building of this height in place of the cottages that were once there must have an imposing and intrusive presence.
c)THE NUMBER OF CARS ACCESSING IT DAY AND NIGHT--the projected plan of increasing the capacity from about 30 to 350 will obviously affect the negative outcomes exponentially.
Further to b) and c) it is obvious that the increase in
.lighting, both fixed and moving
and .water run-off from increased flat, hard surfaces
will have major impacts.
e)THE CONSEQUENCES OF ALL THE ABOVE(especially the siting of the facility) will have major, negative outcomes on the streets surrounding the hospital.
I draw your attention to the following:-
.every street connecting the facility to and from major transport routes will have serious issues in accommodating increased traffic...this as a consequence of the plan to have left in, left out transit from Ryedale Rd.
.from Blaxland Rd traffic will move either in front of hospital or via Dalton Ave and past entrances/exits to Mental Health facilities ility, Graythwaite, medical facility on Fourth Ave,and then past entry/exit to PRP
.from West Ryde....up a very steep hill...to gain entry one must proceed to the roundabout at Fourth Ave.
There are SO many issues in travelling to and from this facility....too many to list...but each causing difficulties for the whole area...hospital and residential.
As you can see, I believe there are problems of great magnitude that MUST be addressed before committing to building this facility in its present form. I cannot envisage appropriate adaptations that would make it even marginally more acceptable.
I urge you to consider my assessments of the problems created by siting the facility as now proposed and to look for alternatives that will reduce what,I see, as distinctly dangerous and ineffective plans.