Residents are dismayed at the deterioration of the living conditions in Bonnefin Road and the degradation of the local environment caused by ongoing over development, poor management of the street traffic and parking, neglect of the roads and footpaths and lack of consideration of the needs of the residents.
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Over the last twenty years or so, many small houses have been demolished and very large houses then built, particularly on the northern side of the road. Developments have been approved which require massive excavation and rock removal some of which have taken up to eighteen months to complete followed by the building works. These projects have been approved despite the fact that they radically changed the local environment and the landform, blocked views, created access difficulties & drainage problems. The recent development approvals also do not appear to take account of the disruption to the residents during the building process. The massive house at no. 57 for example took over two and a half years to construct and the disruption to the residents of Bonnefin Road and the immediate neighbours was significant and stressful.
The huge project at no. 39 is even worse with excavation of stone & soil alone, taking eighteen months. This excavation works meant that up to 12 b-double trucks visited the site daily for over a year and earth moving equipment and cranes were brought in every other day. The narrowness of the road & the size of the project meant that the residents of the street were constantly inconvenienced by noise and dust and were also subject to the danger caused by trucks and the many builders cars using the site, which are mostly parked on the pavement.
Now that the construction work is proceeding at no. 39 the number of vehicles is increasing as the work force grows. The building works consists mostly of poured concrete and steel which is most unusual in domestic construction and is grossly overdesigned. The disruption to residents is now compounded by the internal fit out of no. 41 and the excavation and commencement of construction of number 32. The residents now feel that they are under siege.
It is not possible to walk on the footpath in Bonnefin Rd, because of the cars and trucks parked there and walking on the road is quite lethal. Cars leaving garages in the street are under constant threat of collision and how there have not been more accidents and worse, is beyond comprehension.
At no time have the residents been aware of any Council staff, rangers or inspectors checking on the situation and the private certifiers of projects have proved that they are not interested in the residents.
The footpaths and kerbing on Bonnefin Rd, are constantly subject to damage due to the trucking and the roadway is breaking up. While the footpaths outside some of the major developments have been replaced or repaired after construction has been completed in others they have not.
For instance the construction of 57 destroyed the footpath outside 59-61 but this has not been repaired or replaced in several years. The development of no. 47 was completed more than a year ago but the footpath is still not repaired and replaced. There are unrepaired footpaths caused by water board work near the laneway between no.40 and 42 and opposite between no. 53 & 55caused by replacement of power poles – all more than a year ago. There is an air of neglect in the street.
A Federal Road grant was used to re-surface the top third of Bonnefin Road near the junction with Ryde Road. The construction of no. 62 and 62a required the new road be excavated to access services within months of the resurfacing and has never been adequately filled. Construction work at no. 5 & 14 has left the footpath damaged and this has been badly repaired.
It is noted that several developments on the south side of Bonnefin Road have been required to build carports/garages with side entrances and parking on site but those on the north side have been approved with security fencing and restricted access resulting in further parking on the footpath in many cases with yet more damage and frustration of residents.
There is a general feeling among the residents of Bonnefin Road that Council has washed their hands of the street. A complaint by a resident that he would phone Council to request trade vehicles be “booked” for inappropriate parking had the Project Manager on no. 39 call Council to find out the position. He advised the residents that whoever he spoke to at Council said not to worry as everyone in Bonnefin Road parks on the footpath!
We do not wish to wait until there is a fatality on Bonnefin Road before Council does something about the conditions which have now gone on for at least 10 years and are still deteriorating. Something needs to be done and urgently. This could mean building parking bays on one side of the road; restricting parking on the two dangerous corners near nos. 24 and 50 to reduce the risk of head on collisions; reducing the speed limit and creating mixed pedestrian and vehicle use of the road, or limiting parking to one side of the road. There are possibly other alternatives that a Traffic Study may
A.R & J Forster, H. Crane and F.Love