20th December 2022.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
BCCT Survey,
Penrhyn Ave Beecroft,
Green isn't Always Good,
Tree Pruning or Removal Tool.
Your Civic Trust,
HSC Inviting comments,
Local JP,
Hornsby Council Newsletter,

City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
Nothing tells me so much about the end of a year than attending the prize giving ceremony at Beecroft Public School. The retiring captains each spoke with poise, maturity, charm and wit. To think that they had just finished Year 6!  To see some of the prize winners stop on their way off the stage to thank the school principal for what she had done was heart-warming.
After a year that was at best chaotic, this experience left me with a sense of optimism for the future.
I was presenting some of the awards (in music) not because my wife had been in the BPS recorder band (well over half a century ago) playing a new composition by the acclaimed Beecroft composer, Nigel Butterley, but because it has been the tradition of the Civic Trust over many years to make a financial contribution towards the annual awards day.
Apart from feeling so cheered, the Civic Trust has made submissions on proposals for the retail centre of Beecroft, the Village Green masterplan and on a number of individual development applications.
You will find our submissions on the Civic Trust web site CLICK HERE.
After comments received from those living near the new cycleway we wrote to Council and received a very prompt and detailed response.CLICK HERE
On Thursday October 13th Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, together with Pennant Hills Civic Trust and Westleigh Progress Association, held an information session on Council’s proposed special rate proposal.  
Despite all of this work I do need to be realistic and note that only a small number of our submissions are successful in full. A much larger percentage are adopted in part or lead to changes in the proposals. We celebrate all of these.
It is sometimes suggested, usually on Facebook and also sometimes when I am approached in Beecroft on a Saturday morning, that the Civic Trust pushes its own agenda and that agenda is formed by an elite clique whose views may not accurately reflect those of the wider community.
My response to this is that the Civic Trust:
  • Holds public meetings to make information available on matters that are of interest to local residents – like the one recently held on Council expenditure and proposed special rate increases.
  • Puts a survey in the e-news (as we are doing once again in this issue) seeking readers views.
  • Provides opportunities for residents to be elected to the committee of the Civic Trust so as to have a direct voice.
  • Speaks to residents who are neighbours affected by proposed developments or council activity.
  • Links with village activities and participates when invited to speak at local events like Rotary functions to launch a Beecroft Gin or events at local schools.
To my mind, this seems a very busy approach to seeking out a variety of views. It gives residents a range of different avenues whereby the Civic Trust can be informed of residents views.  We know that none of these allows us to say with any degree of assurance that, say, Y% of 2119 residents think X, but what they provide in aggregate is a ‘vibe’ of what people are thinking and a guide as to what submissions by the Civic Trust should say. I don’t know of any other Beecroft group who are better at canvassing residents views and conveying them to the decision-makers.
If readers can think of other feasible ways, within our limited people power and financial resources to achieve more effective results, then, please let me know in 2023.

Furthermore we urge our readers to please respond to our on-line surveys.  It is one of the most effective tools the Trust has to assess and address the concerns of our precious community.
For our voice to be as strong as possible, for our income to support community activities like school awards days, for us to be even more active in the community then the very best thing readers can do is to become members of the Civic Trust.
I think that this level of community involvement gives me almost as much optimism as listening to our students!
To everyone I wish the compliments of the Season and a safe and holy family time.

Roderick Best PSM
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews.
The Trust publishes this monthly eNews newsletter.  If you would like to receive this newsletter on a regular basis, please CLICK HERE to subscribe to the eNews.
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust Survey.
There is at present considerable discussion on Social Media and elsewhere about the future of the Beecroft Village.  To help the Trust committee better represent community views, Please respond to the survey below.
  • Do you think that the idea to restrict traffic in Hannah Street between the entry to Beecroft Place carpark and Wongala is, in principle, a worthy cause to pursue?
  • CLICK HERE  to vote YES.
  • CLICK HERE  to vote NO.
  • CLICK HERE  if ambivalent.
  • Do you think that the idea to increase pedestrian safety and space to move in the Beecroft retail area is, in principle, something that should be done?
  • CLICK HERE to vote YES.
  • CLICK HERE  to vote NO.
  • CLICK HERE  if ambivalent.
Survey Results from the last Civic Trust Survey
Management plan for the Village Green:
The question put was;
Do you consider that this management plan should concentrate upon improving the amenity of this space in the same way as the enhancements to the Railway Reserve significantly increased the number of residents using that space?
    8% of our readers responded to the survey
    86.9% of the respondents voted YES.
    13.7% voted NO.
Clean Up Australia 2023
The Civic Trust has once again registered the Beecroft Village Green as a community site for the 2023 Clean Up Australia campaign.  Put in your diary Sunday 5th March, from 9am to 12 Noon.
A case study on the influence of the community on a proposed seniors development at Penrhyn Ave. Beecroft.
 Readers may be heartened to know that local community involvement in development applications (DA) in their area is alive and well. The Trust was approached 12 months ago by surrounding local residents to fight a proposed 33 unit senior development in Beecroft. The Trust briefed the residents on how the Development Approval process worked and how they should prepare their objections to the DA. The Trust lodged an objection too. Because over ten independent objections were received the DA went before the independent Local Planning Panel (LPP) for determination.  Recently the LPP resolved to defer (and not approve)  the planning officer’s recommendation for approval, subject to certain matters raised by the residents being addressed.
While the local residents do not support a large seniors housing development nearby they are also realistic about the likely inevitable outcome. While it was considered a temporary victory and it will enable the residents, and the Trust, to make new objections when the expected amended plans are advertised in the new year.  The deferment by the LPP also highlighted the value of an independent determining body, with the Panel able to apply additional pressure on the applicant to produce a better outcome.
So local residents can make a difference and achieve better outcomes for our community. It’s a matter of seeking advice from organisations like the Trust but more importantly communicating with your neighbours and tapping into your own local pool of professional knowledge.
CLICK HERE for details of the subject development, CLICK HERE for item 3 in the LPP agenda with Council’s report and recommendation, and CLICK HERE for the Panel’s deferment with their comments.
Tree Prune or Removal Decision Tool
Before you remove or prune trees, or hire a contractor to perform these tasks, familiarise yourself with the Tree Prune or Removal Decision Tool article available on the Hornsby Council web site.  CLICK HERE
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust.
The Trust has for many years fought and lobbied to protect our suburbs.
If you value your Trust and appreciate the work the Trust does to preserve the amenity and heritage of our two suburbs, please consider renewing your financial membership.
This can be done on-line at  Without your valued support, the Trust will cease to exist.

Hornsby Council is inviting comments on a number of issues.
CLICK HERE to have your say.
Local Justice of the Peace
Timothy Abrams a Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust committee member, has generously offered his services as a Justice of the Peace for any residents requiring this service.
Tim can be contacted on Mob 0417 662 405

Hornsby Shire Council's December News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's December News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE
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 2022 became due in March...
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member!
To support or join the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, please visit our website.
CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. We already cover much of our o suburbs.  We encourage residents who receive the eNews to tell their neighbours and friends and suggest they too subscribe.  The eNews letter is available to all who subscribe.  Trust Membership is not a requirement. 
The eNews archives are available HERE.  To subscribe to the eNews: CLICK HERE.The Trust has always sought to assist any resident regardless of their membership status.
Kind regards,
Rod Best

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