By Kathy Calman, spokesperson for the Beverly Hills/Kingsgrove WestCONnex Action Group
For those of you who are not familiar with our suburbs, the communities of Beverly Hills, Kingsgrove, Bexley North, Earlwood and Arncliffe lived through years of construction for the first M5 circa 2001, (Legacy M5).
The legacy M5 resulted in a ‘Berlin Wall’ effect that separated our community into two. The North and South sides. It also had a devastating impact on residents in regards to pollution. Turrella and Earlwood, with an unfiltered exhaust stack, and Bexley North and Arncliffe with tunnel portals (openings).
Homes, the trees and parks taken. Years of construction, and then, to thank us for our endurance, we were handed cheap, visually divisive noise walls and poor urban design. The urban design and landscaping was of such a poor standard that Allambee Crescent Nth Beverly Hills actually features in the RMS Landscape and Design Principles as an excellent example of what NOT to do.
Allambee Crescent Nth Beverly Hills circa 2015.
It is a credit to Council and a few residents of these communities that they took the repair of our environment into our own hands. We had no choice because the RMS would not.
The M5 turned out to be a noisy congested old fashioned solution to traffic congestion. But the NSW government has learned nothing. Again last year we found ourselves faced with new projects. Firstly there was the expansion of the King Georges Road Interchange and now a duplicate of the old failed M5 – call the New M5