11th November 2019   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,

Parramatta City Council Planning Harmonisation,
Graffiti in Beecroft and Cheltenham,
Ahimsa – 40th Anniversary,
Beecroft Probus Investment Forum,
Carlingford Produce Store near Carlingford train station,
STEP Newsletter,
Update on the demolition of the heritage cottage 587 Pennant Hills Rd,
Recent Development Applications,
Hornsby Council eNews,
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter,
Latest Police Reports.
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Message from the President
Last week the Trust met with the Member for Epping Dominic Perrottet’s advisor to discuss the M2 noise issue, the Beecroft station ramp, our train service and the regeneration of the Cheltenham haulage road.  Dominic’s staff will contact Transport NSW to firstly find out the noise standards and current policy, and then hopefully for TNSW to arrange for noise recordings at the homes of the people who wrote in. This process will take time.  If you have not submitted a comment about the M2 noise at your property and still wish to do so, then email us at
The retention of the pedestrian ramp from Wongala Crescent at Beecroft Station is not simple. While we are getting the two promised lifts, the existing ramp has to be altered at both ends as part of the lift construction. Legislation requires that any altered structure, like when the existing ramp is altered, automatically triggers the need for the altered ramp to comply with the latest standards. This is why State Rail wanted to replace the ramps with steps that are easier to fit into the reduced space. However, Rail are still trying to see how a complying ramp can be constructed within the constrained area.  
The Trust is receiving regular complaints about the train service. The main complaint centres on the need for commuters travelling in peak hour to transfer between the urban and country platforms at Central. I am hopeful that this inconvenient arrangement who be resolved in the future when the Metro system is completed and the current pressure on the City Circle line will be diminished. We don’t expect to get a definitive position out of TNSW, but the Trust will continue lobbying on your behalf so our concerns are not ignored when the rail network does change again.    
The regeneration of the former haulage road has been an exercise in diplomacy for me. I have been regularly communicating with Hornsby’s Mayor and General Manager and then with our local State Member Dominic Perrottet and his office. While Council has thanked the Trust for assisting in progressing the discussions, and both stakeholders have been very polite and approachable, I still scratch my head as to why we are all in this predicament?  I will not comment further.  Suffice to say patience helps - for all parties.
The committee has been in touch with the police about the graffiti problem that the Trust raised last issue. See the article below.
Ross Walker OAM
Planning Harmonisation - update from City of Parramatta – Council ordinary meeting on Monday 11th November 2019.
 Parramatta Council, like Hornsby Council’s Local strategic Planning study (LSPS), is going through a similar rezoning process. It is called the Harmonisation Planning Proposal and is on the agenda at next week’s Ordinary Meeting, listed as Item 18.2.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Cloister Function Rooms at St Patrick’s Cathedral commencing 6.30pm. For more details, CLICK HERE
Graffiti in Beecroft and Cheltenham

The Trust has contacted the local Police Command about when to report graffiti to the Police and the local Council. The Trust will provide more details in our next eNews. In the meantime If your property has been damaged by graffiti and you are having difficulty removing it, one of our local real estate agents has kindly offered to assist.  If you do need assistance or advice contact the Trust at
Ahimsa – 40th Anniversary – Sunday 19th November 2019
Residents are invited to attend the 40th anniversary of the death of Marie Byles to be held her former property Ahimsa at Cheltenham, owned by the National Trust. The Friends of Ahimsa has organised a day of activities on Sunday 19th November 2019. The activities start about 10 am and continue through to 4pm. All welcome but please register prior with the organiser Martin Fallding at  in order to cater for the day.  For more details CLICK HERE
Beecroft Probus Investment Forum: 12th November 2019
“Ageing better – recipes for body and mind” is the speaker’s topic at the November meeting of the Beecroft Probus Investment Forum to be held at the Beecroft Bowling Club on Tuesday, 12th November from 4.30 pm.
As we move into our later years, our health and our minds will be the ultimate retirement wild cards. Join Dr Taylor Harrison and Beecroft Uniting Church Minister Martin Levine as they focus on the importance of good health and an active mind to retirement happiness, security and fulfillment.
Admission $15.00 per head inclusive of snacks and a drink.
Visitors and guests are most welcome. Phone Robin Graham, Beecroft Probus –
Telephone 8411 3023 or Mobile 0413 315 827
Carlingford Produce Store near Carlingford train station
 For those of us interested in local history, the Carlingford Produce Store is holding a history event on Sunday 24th November 2019 from 11am to 2pm at the railway goods yard. For more details click here. Please email the Ray Park History Group at R P Heritage if you want to attend.
The latest Newsletter from STEP, dated 2nd November 2019
The South Turramurra Environmental Protection Society has their AGM on next week. For details, CLICK HERE
Update on the demolition and reconstruction of the heritage cottage known as 587 Pennant Hills Road Beecroft

Update on the oldest heritage listed cottage in Hornsby Shire.
In previous eNews the Trust reported that the heritage listed cottage, known as 587 Pennant Hills Road Beecroft at the corner of Copeland Road, had been demolished, without any approval, while the surrounding seniors housing development was being constructed. Regarded as the oldest structure listed in Hornsby Council’s heritage precinct, a separate Development Application was retrospectively lodged with Hornsby Council seeking approval to rebuild the cottage using, where appropriate, the original building materials which had been retained. This DA was approved and consequently the cottage has now been rebuilt.

The reconstructed cottage, which was arguably 180 years old, has a plaque located next to it that outlines its early history.

The Trust understands that Council’s heritage consultant has recommended that the cottage is still worthy of a heritage listing.
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area.  This page will be updated with every eNews publication.
CLICK HERE To access them.
Hornsby Council eNews – November 2019
 Hornsby Council publishes an eNews and it’s worthwhile for readers to subscribe if you haven’t already done so, CLICK HERE for the November edition. 

Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - October 30th
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives

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 2019 become due each year in March...
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Kind regards,
Ross Walker OAM

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