I REALLY must take exception to your editorial in the September 7 paper (COVID Tree Changers Trying Before They Buy) in which you suggested that Sydneysiders would prefer to come to Bathurst for a spacious Bathurst home with a good sized backyard.
Have you had a drive around some of the new estates being built in Bathurst?
Smaller homes with hardly any backyards, so short of storage that many are having to park their cars in their driveway, on the front lawn or on the street. Hardly any green areas in sight. Where to keep a pet?
Council have not done a good job in designing their own subdivisions with narrow streets and houses almost on top of one another. In fact, they have ruined the look of some of the original areas - e.g. the area around McBrien Drive with its previous backdrop of pine trees, the area being known as Pine View Estate.
After council removed all the trees on the previous orchard site of Sunbright, the area now has a backdrop of grey roofs and a large concrete water tank.
There has to be progress and there has to be new estates, but council could have replaced the pine trees with more suitable trees for a subdivision and left a green corridor.
As Lucida Gray mentioned in the September 7 Web Words, "Little Penrith" and "Westie Lite" comes to mind now. Sandy Boyd commented that "Bathurst is losing its country feel".
Bathurst is still one of the best places to live in Australia; let`s keep it that way.