Feeling cheated

SOME two or three years ago, we residents in Melros were asked to comment on plans for the development of Melros Beach Estate.

We were given plans that were approved.

The land was dormant, then, a month ago, work started on the development. I got on the internet and found that the whole plan had been changed to double the blocks by reducing the land size.

Also added was English-style housing with car lock-ups and narrow lanes.

Having been in the UK and seen lock-ups, no one puts their car in them; they put their junk in them.

As most Australians own two cars, they will be parked on the street.

This style of housing will not work in Australia as 80 per cent of people who live in Mandurah leave every day to go to Perth.

This development could add 2000 more cars to the traffic heading up Old Coast Road to the one-lane concrete bridge that is already a traffic jam between 7.30am and 9am every day. Then there is the additional choking of the freeway.

The town of Mandurah is run by land developers. Not everyone wants to build houses.

Where are the jobs in Mandurah for skilled people (i.e. white goods, aircraft, cars, factories or even a Silicon Valley area?)

I feel cheated as the plans we approved were changed to the benefit of a developer and the council did not give us a chance to comment. If this is local government in action, we should scrap it.

RAY PETTY, Melros.