Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Monday, November 28, 2016

WHAT to do with the Newcastle Railway Station site? Why not let it rot like so many other of Newcastle's landmarks and historic buildings … Seriously though, I think something very similar to the "Rooftop" at Westfield Kotara, complete with entertainment areas, would go down a treat, especially if it's a little more family-orientated than just a series of places to eat and drink but also catering for that too. Open it up to courtyard-type areas where the platforms and tracks were.

David Harwood, Georgetown

COLIN Geatches, I am tempted by your kind invitation to live in Mayfield. I know the place well, as I lived half of my rather long life there. I’m very fond of Mayfield and its people: I enjoy its suburban and industrial heritage, its cosmopolitan population, its shopping strip and its parks - and these days you can get a great latte there. But in 2013 my wife and I joined the ageing throng downsizing to city units in search of convenience and quiet. Now, Mayfield is even more attractive as it does not face five-plus years of V8 supercar disruption. Perhaps you and I should make a joint submission to locate the race in Mayfield. Establish a depot in Bull Street Reserve, run a course east along Bull and south on Elizabeth, west at Crebert and north back to Bull. If our submission is successful, I’ll enjoy the East End even more than I do now, and you can enjoy the Supercars without the need to leave home.

Roland Bannister, Newcastle

WITH the holiday period just around the corner, it would be timely to remind pedestrians to be careful as well as considerate of motorists when crossing the road. That includes not jumping out onto a pedestrian crossing without making sure it's safe to do so as happened to me recently at Speers Point near the swimming pool. A middle-aged man walked straight out onto the crossing even through he could see a line of cars coming from both directions, almost causing a multi-car pile-up. A little consideration goes a long way.

Ian King, Warners Bay

THE state government wants to rip up part of Civic Park off Darby Street, supposedly to ease congestion in King and Hunter streets as a result of the tram debacle. This is acknowledgment their plan will cause traffic chaos. To remove part of Civic Park will not solve the traffic issues and the plan may hit a major snag called “heritage”. When the footpath was replaced a few years ago, Newcastle council uncovered a cobblestone driveway or laneway and protected it. Does the Baird Government think it can destroy heritage items in Newcastle? The best solution to ease congestion is to put the tram on the rail corridor.

Nigel Dale, Adamstown

POLLS 

DO you agree that barking should be treated as an offensive noise rather than a nuisance order?

Yes 56%, No 44%

What should happen to the rail stations?

New cafes, restaurants 52%, Community halls 11%, Leave them as is 10%, Demolish them for open space 4%, Office space 2%, Other (re-open the railway line, art space, heritage museum) 21%

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