WE LIVEin a narrow street that over time has become busier and busier. The volume of cars that needs to be parked at times fills the street. Stopping in a gap to let someone go by is a daily courtesy when driving along our street.
SLIM MARGINS: Rhonda Porter argues that while people in her street were technically open to fines, enforcing parking rules will ultimately create more issues than it solves.
During the day large vehicles travel our street, and have been known to reverse out when they find themselves unable to fit down between two cars parked legally, one on each side of the road.
On Tuesday the law was enforced.Those people who had parked a bit up on the footpath were booked. Now I know it is the law, and I personally was not booked, but I understand that these people were considering others as well as themselves.That little bit meant the difference between being able to pass cars or not.
No footpath was blocked, a pram with mother and accompanying dog could fit on the path and be safe. It meant that those parked cars were less likely to be sideswiped.
Today I came home to find tyre treads up on the grass in front of our letterbox. The second time in a week. Large vehicles need to swing out a bit to turn into the street that forms a T-intersectionwith ours.It underlined to me that as larger and larger vehicles travel on older narrow roads, that little bit my neighbours were fined over will take on a bigger and bigger value.
After all, they won’t be considering others anymore,and when a large vehicle needs to reverse because it can’t get through the gap they’ll shrug and say bad luck.
Rhonda Porter,MerewetherIT’S ABOUT A BETTER DEALDENISE Lindus Trummel (Letters 28/3) appears to not understand what occurred that caused me to commence an investigation into the leaking of a council budget paper.The council is investigating the release of project budgets. This is not money council has spent, as MsTrummel claimed.Rather, this is money that the council has budgeted to spend.The difference should not require explaining.
The council’s public works budget is publishedand updated quarterly. It is approximately $95 million this year. Furthermore, how much the council has spent in the year to date is published monthly. What we don’t publishis how much we are willing to pay a third party to undertake work on our behalf.
Ratepayers would be rightly furious if we did as MsTrummel suggests we do and started informing companies of our precise willingness to pay.
Further, the claim that the council has paid $2 million to Supercars appears to be an attempt by those opposed to the race to repeat a falsehood enough times to make it an established fact.
Councillors, both of the previous council as well as the current, have always been aware of the exact value of the licensing agreement paid by the council to Destination NSW to host the Newcastle 500. The $2 million figure is, quite frankly, ridiculous.
As I have previously made clear, I would take great delight in telling ratepayers the correct figure, such is its value for money. Unfortunately the agreement signed by my predecessors binds the council to confidentiality on the matter.
I cannot change this, a fact of which those calling for the figure’s releaseare well aware.
Jeremy Bath,Newcastle City Council chief executive officerTHEN THE LINE WENT DEADOUR remaining business phone line was arbitrarily disconnected by the NBN Co. Of course, our business email is compromised as well.December last year was the last time this happened.
At that time, our other two lines were disconnected as was our email.We resurrected the email, attached it to our remaining business line and continued our negotiations with NBN Co. We did contact the Ombudsman as well, and that helped asNBN actually began to try to deal with the problems that they had created for us.Why were our phone lines disconnected?Because we had booked the transfer to NBN for December 2016 and, despite no action on the matter, someone in the NBN apparentlylisted the transfer as completed.
The ongoing saga has involved many hours, great frustration, wasted time and money and now no phone lines at all.
I was informed by one of the phone companies involvedthat the NBN has the right to disconnect lines in areas that are NBN ready because these ‘legacy lines’ are competing with the national broadband network.
I had naively thought that I was living in a democracy and that if I paid my bills, complied with the law and communicated effectively with appropriate authorities, I could safely and quietly conduct my business without fear of unreasonable obstruction.
Instead I have begun to seriously consider the suspicion that continues to arise, that my life has been transformed into a satirical movie about failed bureaucracy entitledCatch 22- NBN.
Lynley Brennan,Newcastle EastTHE OTHER CRICKET PROBLEMOVER the last year at least there has been so much publicity about the need to deal with a strong culture of bullying – how we need to target particularly young boys to be respectful to others.
It appears to me that two examples of high class bullying are to be found in our Parliament and on the sporting fields.
Now we have our top, elite cricket team providing a perfect example of how to be a bully.Sledging is especially nasty because it is mental bullying.Why was I naive enough to think n cricket was above that?What dismayed me even more was to learn that the top cricketing bodies seem to believe that a certain amount of sledging was permissible.
One cricketer has also stated that “everyone did it”.Has the culture developed so much that because everyone did it no one really worries any more?Is our sense of right and wrong being watered down?Now it seems possible that the CEO of Cricket may be even avoiding using the word “cheating”.
Perhaps I am living in fairyland if I hope that some day, some time an n cricket team will walk on to the field and rely on skilful bowling, spectacular fielding and amazing batting and congratulate each other on a good clean game.How can young players of the future learn this way of playing unless a culture of bullying and cheating is declared not acceptable?
I think sledging should be banned.If any player tries it, they should be sent off the field.The only snag with that plan is that an hour in there would be no-one on the field.