Last night (19 March 2015) the Federation of Willoughby Progress Associations was host to a meet the candidates of the State election. Over 120 people from across Willoughby gathered to hear what candidates had to say.
Willougby Council forward its support for this application to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). However, they requested an additional condition in relation to the hours of operation. This is to be 8:30AM to 8:30PM, 7 days a week with premises to be vacated by 9:30PM. These hours to be for a trial period of 6 months and 12 months with any variation being subject to Council prior consent.
It is understood that the JRPP approved the application with the condition set out above.
The situation in Westfield’s car park turned toxic last week when shoppers were receiving car park tickets that were out by 10 minutes. CWWPA reported this situation to Westfield some four months ago. At the time they said that everything was ‘honkydory’. They claimed their computers used ‘Standard Time’. At that time (in December) the machine was some 5 minutes out.
A good example of what was happening was: you arrive at the carpark (by your phone’s time) of 6:01 PM. The ticket was being imprinted with a time stamp of 5:56.PM. Trouble was, when you left (expecting to have your free entry after 6PM, you could be faced with paying an unexpected parking fee. This week, both the North Shore Times and radio station 2UE took up the story.
Later this morning, I had a call from the Customer Services Manager at Westfield. He acknowledged that there had been a problem. The story now is that their carpark computers are not connected to the Internet (and hence cannot access world time clock). To make matters worse, the batteries in the computers had gone flat. That is why the clock was running slow. (Believe it or not).
The manager assured me that they have changed the batteries and that everything has been fixed.
Let’s hope so.
I will be keeping a close eye on things.
Multi-story schools are not new. St Andrews in the city is one example. However, multi-storey is new for public schools.
How many storeys are they thinking off? Currently, the majority of public schools have no more than two storeys. However, there are some private/catholic school in Sydney with 3/4 storeys. Reports from those schools is that they work just fine.
The first thing that often falls to mind with high-rise schools is lifts. Walking up flights of stairs is a positive benefit for students. A healthy exercise. However, lifts are required for special needs and perhaps for some of our ageing teacher force.
Having a high-rise school can also mean more playground. In fact, I have seen one school where almost the entire block was available for student play. Some of the area provides shade, covered by the building above. A great outcome.
One aspect of the concept of a high-rise school that may need some thought is if the Department of Education start developing housing above the school (to pay for the cost of construction). This could mean more traffic around the school. So we need to see an Environmental Impact Assessment on these new ideas.
Carparking has returned to Albert Avenue. 250 car spots are now open in the vicinity of the old Albert Avenue carpark nrear Fleet Lane. When Council sold the site to Meriton, a condition of the sale was that the carparking previously on the site would be returned. It has, and to boot, the parking is now underground.
The parking fee is a modest $8.00 for all day parking.