16th December 2020.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Message,

Pennant Hills to Epping – Shared Footpath and Cycleway,
Thematic History of Hornsby,
M2 traffic noise,
Clean up Australia
Newsletter from Julian Leeser MP,
Newsletter from Councillor Emma Heyde,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
As the year 2020 draws to a close I reflect back on a year that, in many ways, has been surreal for me. Not a week went by without some drama or newsworthy item, either in Australia or overseas, to catch our attention.
The Trust committee was forced to cancel our AGM in March when Covid 19 restrictions made it impossible to hold a public meeting. We had hoped to have a delayed AGM midyear, but by September the committee felt that even a virtual meeting using a computer would have been a struggle. So we simply decided to wait another six months till March 2021.
We have booked the Beecroft Presbyterian Church Hall in Welham St Beecroft for Monday night 15th March 2021. More details will be provided in the New Year. 
I recently met our local State Member and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to inspect the construction of the pedestrian lifts at Beecroft Station. The project is on schedule with the platform lift programmed to be physically dropped in place by a crane in March next year, coinciding with major track work.
Regarding the M2 noise issue and the funding for the rehabilitation of the Cheltenham haulage road, Dominic has promised to chase up these two outstanding local issues. I am quietly confident that Dominic will eventually deliver on these issues. In the meantime I will continue to liaise with him. A detailed summary of the haulage road can be found by clicking here. The M2 noise issue is outlined below. 
Finally, it is with much sadness I report that a former Treasurer of the Trust, Daryl Watson, passed away on Monday this week. My condolences to his wife Carol and his extended family.

Back in March this year we also lost our auditor and long-time member of the local community, Ray Barham. My condolences to his wife Joan and his extended family.
I hope you have found the eNews format beneficial this year.  On behalf of the committee I wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Ross Walker OAM


Pennant Hills to Epping – Shared Footpath and Cycleway –
Route B.  Have your say.

 Exhibited Until: 23/12/2020
In 2018, Transport for NSW provided funding to Hornsby Shire Council to investigate, develop and construct a shared footpath and cycleway connecting Pennant Hills Station to Epping Station. Council subsequently engaged traffic and transport consultants to assist with determining the most suitable route.  Council has now prepared a detailed concept design for the section between Beecroft and Cheltenham Stations (Route B). Council is now in a position to seek community feedback on the proposal. CLICK HERE  to access the details.

 Note – Council will be holding information sessions in Beecroft this Thursday at the Scout Hall in The Crescent from 6pm to 8pm, and this coming Saturday at the Community Centre 10am to Noon.
Thematic History of Hornsby - Draft Thematic Framework - Community Consultation
 Resulting from the community consultation to date, documentation review and historical research, GML Heritage has prepared a Draft Thematic Framework to identify the key contributory factors to the development of Hornsby Shire. This includes the identification of local themes encapsulated within the state themes that are important to Hornsby.
GML Heritage invites any comments by close of business on Friday, 18 December 2020.

Links to the project, the Draft Thematic Framework and how you can share your stories are below:
The M2 and traffic noise in Beecroft and Cheltenham
 The Trust received emails early this year from local residents complaining about a noticeable increase in background noise from the traffic on the M2. The complaints have coincided with the recently completed widening of the M2. The Trust understands that Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) did conduct sound monitoring tests in various locations in Beecroft and Cheltenham after the road works were completed and found the noise levels to be acceptable.
The Trust has raised the increased noise issue in our past eNews publications and has also been in communication with our local member and NSW Treasurer Mr Dominic Perrottet MP. RMS has informed Dominic that their noise readings indicate that the levels meet the accepted standards.
Constant and continued high levels of background noise can create serious health problems for affected residents, not only physical but also mental.  The Trust has requested that Dominic request a fresh monitoring program as residents believe the noise levels have increased.
The Trust has received complaints from the following streets in Beecroft and Cheltenham. Austral Avenue, Boronia Avenue, Castle Howard Rd, Cheltenham Rd,  Finlay Avenue, Kirkham St and Murray Farm Rd.  The properties affected appear to be physically sited above the M2 noise walls, in some instances with a clear line of sight to the moving traffic.  If you live in an adjoining street and are experiencing uncomfortable noise levels from the M2, please let the Trust know and we’ll include your street as well.
Clean Up Australia 2021
The Trust has once again registered the Beecroft Village Green for Clean Up Australia (CUA). In your diaries put Sunday morning 7th March 2021, 9am to about midday.  As in past years the picnic table next to the children’s playground will be used as the meeting place and to drop off the collected rubbish. The usual protocols will apply, such as children to be accompanied by adults and participants should wear sensible footwear, gloves and a hat. Collection bags will be provided.
All welcome.  

                                                                       Clean Up Australia 2019
Byles Creek Valley Union
The latest Byles Creek Valley Union Newsletter, "The Hoot" December 2020 can be found CLICK HERE.
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated December 14th  2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Councillor Emma Heyde's Report dated December 14th 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area for both Hornsby and Parramatta Shire Councils.  This page will be updated with every eNews publication.
CLICK HERE To access them.
Latest Police Reports

CLICK HERE  for the latest reports.  Just a reminder that these reports are regularly provided by the Ryde Police Area Command which includes the entire suburbs of Beecroft & Cheltenham.
Annual Memberships for 2020 became due in March...
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Kind regards,
Ross Walker OAM

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