Sign the petition to stop the relocation of the City West Bus Layover to Turner Parklands and call for community consultation
The proposal to relocate the City West Bus Layover to Turner Parklands and to make it larger, catering for up to 25 buses and associated facilities, replaces a temporary carpark on the corner of Watson St and Barry Drive and extends into green space to the west and north in the Turner Parklands.
Other than making a submission as part of the Development Application process (now closed), there has not been any community consultation to review concerns about the loss of parklands and visual amenity, traffic management and safety, noise and fumes associated with this proposal.
There is a child-care centre and seniors centre located directly opposite and residents, businesses, workers, commuters, the ANU north oval, a bike skills track for youngsters, churches, and pedestrians and cyclists using the popular shared pathway would all be impacted. The site connects to the other green corridors in the inner north and should remain protected.
I object to the City West bus layover being repositioned to Turner Parkland. Canberra was designed as a ‘garden city’ and the ‘bush capital’. This layover will cut down dozens of mature trees existing on the corner of Marcus Clarke and Watson Streets – what plans are there to replace these trees? This will also result in the loss of the parkland and green space with the consequential encroachment of the city into our parklands and suburbs. The loss of street parking and city parking will also cause issues for residents of Turner that already suffer from an acute lack of available parking for any visitors they may have. Where will the Senior Citizens park? What provisions will be made for the loss of disability parking spaces along Watson Street? Where will parents park when attending the adjacent Day Care Centre? These are questions that must be answered prior to any major change to urban open spaces such as this. Answering them requires considerable public consultation, which has been conspicuously lacking. Please halt this development and allow public consultation in order to resolve the issues raised by concerned Canberrans and Turner residents.
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