Letters to the editor
ON FRIDAY the 21 March a helicopter was flying around our area for some time and about 5pm realised the noise was getting louder as if it was getting close. It was, and to my horror saw it was flying very low, dodging the trees and heading towards the house,
I’m still surprised the helicopter did not crash into the house or into any trees.
Upon phoning one of the airports on Saturday morning was asked if the copter was red. It could have been multi coloured for all I know. She explained they fly low for surveillance and other reasons and the weather at the time made visibility poor.
That may be so but I consider it dangerous flying too low over residential areas with many obstacles including power lines to avoid. It would not be very pleasant for an aircraft to crash on ones land or anywhere and find an injured pilot sprawled in the plane or on the ground. Once is enough for me, thank you. Marj Jondahl CONWAY
EASTER holidays are coming up and once again there will be groups of young people walking on the road over Shingley Hill, on rainy nights they can be hard to see.
Do we have to have a fatality before there will be a safe footpath from Cannonvale to Airlie Beach? Trevor Harrison MANDALAY
I GUESS that most people who frequent the marina area are now aware that there is now no "legal" free parking in the whole marina precinct. The areas previously designated for free parking have systematically been furnished with new signage preventing anyone from parking in what was previously an acceptable parking position.
This is a blatant attempt to extract more money from suffering ratepayers yet again as there is no legitimate reason for this action by council.
Signs have been erected preventing people from parking on Shingley Drive from 11pm until 5am.
I was told by a local councillor some time ago it was to prevent campervans from overnighting so instead of a no camping sign let’s exclude everyone (and of course please take advantage of our paid parking just around the corner).
And whilst on my rant why is it that paid parking areas gener- ating an excellent return on investment are wide open sun frying pits whilst our shopping centres provide shaded parking at no charge? Chris Johnston CANNONVALE
AS WELL as us having to dodge everything else whilst out for a walk. Now we are about to have Segways mow us down. Can I ask our Council to: Paint a dividing line on the boardwalk and all other footpaths, with clear signage to keep everyone left of the centre line. Except when overtaking of course.
Provide clear signage that pedestrians have Absolute Right of Way, at all times, over Segways, Pushbikes, Scooters (motorised or otherwise) Prams, Runners, Dog walkers etc.
After all, even though some may think it unusual, some of us still want to use our footpaths just for walking.
As an aside, I have never understood why adult pushbikes and now Segways are even allowed on footpaths, but, I suppose, that is another story. Geoff Smith CANNONVALE