30th July 2022.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
BCCT Survey Results,
Trust Correspondence with Local Government,
Beecroft Road Traffic
M2 Noise,
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust,
Cherrybrook Station Precinct,
Ray Park Heritage Group
Local JP.
Julian Leeser Newsletter,
Hornsby Council Newsletter,

City of Parramatta ePULSE,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
Dear fellow members and residents,
It has certainly been a wet month. I cannot remember a time when I have left indentations in my front lawn as I walk across it! Those walking in our parks will know just how sodden they are and the damage done to paths – as well as the neighbouring bush as people desert the path to find dry land.
Your Civic Trust has written to Hornsby Shire Council about the state of Fearnley Park, as it has become a quagmire. While it is an area of creek and run off the amount of water entering the park seems more than you would expect from these two sources only.
Transport for NSW responded to our concerns about flooding near the entry to the railway underpass on the northern entry from Sutherland Road. You may recollect that the most recent works removed culverts under the paths and built a new concrete apron for bikes just where water traditionally entered the nearby creek. You may have noted that after the second amount of flooding, they have dug drains to remove some of the overflow and a drain around the concrete bike apron.
Parramatta City Council has declined to improve the pedestrian access along the western side of Beecroft Road for those residents walking from the M2 to get to Epping Railway Station. In wet weather residents have been seen taking their life into their hands by walking on the road. We are working with Epping Civic Trust to avoid a tragedy. Your Civic Trust worked with Pennant Hills Civic Trust and Westleigh Progress Association to take advantage of a dry Saturday and hold a stall at the Pennant Hills High School fete. Lots of people were there, with some estimating numbers to be in the thousands. We built on strong links and laid the groundwork for joint projects.
One joint project is to work on making the Epping to Pennant Hills bike path as useful and least damaging as possible. While the rain has impeded work, the building of the bike path through our suburbs is progressing. No resolution of how the path should enter Epping or Pennant Hills has as yet been resolved. Hornsby Shire Council is hoping for Transport funding to bridge the M2. This sounds like a very long term project.
Talking of the M2, we haven’t as yet heard back from our State Member concerning benchmark noise measurement of the traffic on the part neighbouring the Beecroft Reserve which lacks sound barriers. Our survey in this e-news wants to hear from you as to the importance of managing this noise.
Hornsby Shire Council has announced its capital works for the next year and beyond. We are pleased to see work included on developing a master plan for the Village Green and a traffic study for the Beecroft retail area. What has left us nonplussed, however, is the kerbing and guttering of Burns Road North. This seems to be not just a waste of money and isn’t satisfying any resident demand whatsoever and is likely to damage trees and streetscape. Surely this money could be better spent on, say, Fearnley Park!!
Finally, the Civic Trust has been advocating for some time for enforcement powers to be included to prevent blatant breaches of development conditions, Land & Environment Court decisions and of heritage conservation orders. The example of other local government areas would seem to show that more can be done than is presently happening with Hornsby Shire Council. Even if Council is half right about their hands being tied, this must be an important issue in the forthcoming State election.
In relation to developments outside of our suburbs your attention is drawn to what is still being planned around Cherrybrook Metro Station and the development on T G Millner Sportsground at Marsfield .
Did you know that T G Millner was a resident of The Boulevard and that, following the move of the Eastwood Rugby Union team to Castle Hill, the playing fields named in his honour are proposed to become the site of a hectare of public parkland together with 132 two-storey terraces.

Yours in strengthening our community,
Rod Best
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
Thank you for participating in the survey.  The results tabulated show:
15% of our readers live outside 2119 postcode. 
24% live in the Parramatta LGA,
61% of our readers live in the Hornsby LGA.
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust.
The Trust on behalf of the community, makes regular submission to Local Government.  All correspondence with Council can be viewedon the Trust's website.  CLICK HERE to view the documents.
Beecroft Road Intersections.
One of many collisions at the intersection of Beecroft Road and Kirkham Street.  The Trust continues to lobby for a comprehensive study and traffic management plan.
M2 road noise.
The increased traffic on the M2 and the rapidly deteriorating road surface continues to have an adverse impact on residents living close to the M2. The Trust is continually raising this issue with the State Government.  We are pushing for an updated set of noise measurements to be recorded and acted upon.
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.
Cherrybrook Station Precinct Rezoning
 The Trust has serious concerns over some aspects of the Cherrybrook Station precinct rezoning plan.  We are working our way through all the relevant documents and we will publish our opinions in a later eNews

To view the Cherrybrook Announcement of the  Public Exhibition, CLICK HERE
To view the Cherrybrook Concept Plan, CLICK HERE
Ray Park Heritage Group
The Ray Park Heritage Group is holding an Event on the 14th of August.
1. Agriculture in the local area.
     Speaker, The BCCT President, Rod Best.
2 Carlingford Produce Store Update (Post 2021 closure).
      Speaker Belinda Turco.

For more information CLICK HERE.
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 0417662405

STEP Is Hosting Their Next Talk on 2nd August.
The talk features; Gondwanan Plants of the Sydney Region.
CLICK HERE for more information
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated July 4th 2022
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives. 

Hornsby Shire Council's Latest News Bulletin
July eNews can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's July News Bulletin
ePULSE 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...
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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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