Residents heard

THANK you for bringing to light the development of 18 units on Birdwood Road.

This high-density development will have a huge impact on our street as Mr Alan Grier outlined in the report in the Times’ July 22 edition.

What was of particular concern was that it was approved with no regard for the residents of Birdwood Road.

We would have all been none the wiser if it wasn’t for the persistent contact with the Planning Department by the adjoining landowners who kept asking the council what was happening on the block.

When 7 Birdwood Road was advertised for sale in December 2013/ January 2014 the following words were used ‘potential 7 ” 8 unit site subject to WAPC’ We expected up to eight units but certainly not 18. As you can imagine, this type of high density does not conform to our quiet, family-friendly street.

I also question in the report the City’s acting chief executive John Christie saying ‘a meeting had been arranged between officers and residents to provide an opportunity to explain the decision and address any concerns raised by the residents’.

What meeting?

I certainly have not been given an opportunity to voice my concern. I am a resident of 40-plus years.

I have written a letter to chief executive Shayne Silcox and the Melville councillors Patricia Phelan and Richard Hill. This was sent over a month ago and still no response by any of these parties.

Perhaps Mr Christie might want to check facts before making such statements.

Thank you again for your article. The voice of us mere residents needs to be heard.

SANDY CHAPMAN, Melville