Welcome to our Lane Cove Week in Review for 27 November to 3 December 2017.
New Bus Timetables
The new bus timetables started on Monday 27th November. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the new bus timetables. Please keep this feedback coming in. You can email ITC here with your comments. ITC is preparing a report to send to Anthony Robert’s office. ITC was pleasantly surprised to see a representative from Anthony Roberts office at the Lane Cove Bus Interchange taking notes.
Below is a quick summary of the feedback we have received so far:
- The Lane Cove Interchange wait time has been reduced.
- Waiting time for other stops on Epping Road have improved however buses still come in groups and then there is a wait for the next bus group.This is what one roving reporter told us:”Still not efficient at peak hour times. For example: 10 mins either side of 8 am at corner of Epping and Centennial. Buses are coming early and empty, in clusters typically 2 or 3, and not stopping which causes huge bottlenecks when the next buses come 10mins later, full. More buses doesn’t mean problem solved, the timetable needs to be tweaked during peak times or its just back to the way it was. Had to wait 25mins this morning because of this exact issue.”;
- There has been no improvement for commuters travelling home from the city. The Wynyard Bus Stop has been described as dangerous with people jostling to get on buses. ITC received quite a few reports about city buses not arriving or arriving very late;This is what one roving reporter told us:
‘This evening’s commute from CBD to Lane Cove, 3 buses MIA 251 and 285. Clarence St (Wynyard stand R) is a mass of people with lots of pushing and shoving. It won’t be long before someone is knocked under a bus. This stand needs proper designated lines.
- Bus 253 is packed and improvements are needed;
- Buses 530/536 (which was supposed to be the solution for Lane Cove West) are constantly late or do not come at all;
- Bus 251 is less crowded and extra services have been welcomed – however, it needs to run during non-peak times as it is too difficult for elderly people to catch the 252 from Burns Bay Road;
- Bus 292 – Good feedback from Lane Cove North – but need more buses along parts of Mowbray Road where the 298 used to travel.
Controversial Centennial Avenue Clearways Proposed
RMS is proposing new controversial clearways that will impact residents who live on Centennial Avenue, Burns Bay Road Lane Cove West and any residents who live on side streets. Full details are here.
Container Deposit Scheme/Return and Earn
The NSW Government’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme started this week. ITC is in the process of collecting all the information on how to return containers in Lane Cove. Our gut reaction is there is a long way to go before this scheme becomes part of everyone’s daily routine. There does not seem enough collection points.
There are three main types of collection points that will accept eligible containers:
Reverse vending machines (Woolworths has installed numerous return vending machines but the Lane Cove store is not one of them);
Over-the-counter manual sites (see below); and
Automated depots (ITC is still trying to ascertain the closest one to Lane Cove).
About Life is the only store located in the Lane Cove Village area where you can return containers for a reward.
When returning containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached.
Stay tuned for our article on this scheme and how you can participate.
ITC’s war on Coles trolleys has resulted in new trolleys in Lane Cove Coles with the coin return (small size only). ITC had a sneaky suspicion that Coles Lane Cove would not introduce new trolleys until they relocated into the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park development. ITC thinks they may have been a bit sick of ITC tweeting them every time we saw a trolley on the road. This is not going to stop people leaving the trolleys on the road, but kids are more likely to return them to Coles if they receive a gold coin. ITC hopes Coles will pick up the old trolleys that are still in the street and the 90 or so that Lane Cove Council impounded. The larger trolleys are new, but do not include a coin return.
New Year’s Eve Festival Cancelled
The popular New Year’s Eve event at St Aidan’s Longueville has been cancelled due to the cost involved in meeting increased security regulations. They hope to be back bigger and better next year but they need help. Find out more here.
The Greenwich Community Association is holding an urgent meeting on 6th December to discuss the St Leonards South Plan which will result in over 2400 new units. They would love it if as many Greenwich residents as possible attended the meeting.
The master plan impacts all Lane Cove residents due to the increase traffic etc on River Road – read more here.
New Business Alert
The dining scene in Lane Cove is going from strength to strength. It looks like Four Frogs Crêperie is going to open on Longueville Road possibly in the old Zest site (near Eyes on Lane Cove). Like their Facebook page to keep up with any news.
Lane Cove Resident in the News
Get ready to cheer on a “local” yacht in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.
Last year’s winner Perpetual Loyal (skippered by Anthony Bell) is now owned by Christian Beck. Christian is a newcomer to ocean racing. As you will see in the article Christian’s sailing experience has been on the Lane Cove River. Good luck Christian. You may recall that he was recently named EY’s entrepreneur of the year. Go Christian Go. You can read about it here
Christmas in Lane Cove
One of our roving reporters spotted two bus drivers in Lane Cove dressed up as Santa – below is one of the jolly fellows. Such a lovely thing to do.
Fresh Christmas 🎄 Trees 🌲 were sold by the Tambourine Bay Scouts at St Michaels Primary School Lane Cove on Saturday Morning. The trees were beautiful and they sold out really quickly. They will be selling them again next Saturday morning. You can also buy fresh Christmas Trees here.
The Lane Cove Christmas Tree has been installed in Lane Cove Plaza. The official lighting of the Christmas Tree is on 8th December with some very special guests your kids will love. Details are here.
Shop Local This Christmas
We are encouraging all Lane Cove residents to shop local and support our local businesses. ITC has been shopping up a storm. Check out our Christmas Gift Guides for some local gift ideas.
Crime and Incident Report
Many of you asked ITC why the Police Helicopter was hovering over Lane Cove for about 11/2 hours on 30 November. The incident was in Artarmon.
A man has been charged after a shot was allegedly discharged towards a group of people at Artarmon yesterday morning.
Police had been involved in a short pursuit with a silver Volkswagen along Barton Road, Artarmon, just before 12.30am yesterday (Thursday 30 November 2017), when it was terminated due to safety concerns.
About the same time, police were alerted to reports a shot had been fired in the vicinity immediately before the pursuit was initiated.
Police from North Shore Local Area Command established a crime scene and a round was found in a white Holden sedan parked on Barton Road.
Following inquiries, a black 4WD was stopped in Barton Road about 6pm, and a 26-year-old man arrested.
He was taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged with discharge firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The man, from Artarmon, has been refused bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court later today (Friday 1 December 2017).
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