9th October 2021. Edition One. In this edition: President's Message,
Meet the Candidates,
Letters to Hornsby Shire Council,
Member for Epping elected Premier,
Meet the Candidates,
The Trust's letters to Hornsby Shire Council,
Upcoming Work at Beecroft Station,
Damage to bushland around Beecroft and Cheltenham,
Exhibition of Draft Byles Creek Planning Study,
Hornsby Council's From the Mayor's desk newsletter, Hornsby Council's Community Strategic Plan Review 2021, City of Parramatta's ePULSE,
Beecroft Shopping Village,
Julian Leeser's Newsletters,
Emma Heyde's Newsletter,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President Hopefully,
the date given by the State Government as the start of returning to
‘normal’ social and commercial contact is welcomed by the community. We
will have to wait and see what happens in the next few months. But
fingers crossed as this is good news as we approach Christmas and other
important family celebration days. Despite best efforts this mode of communication by Council has made it hard for residents to follow and respond to everyday decisions.Nevertheless,
important community progress (degradation?) in our area continues, for
example, the proposed commercial/residential development at Beecroft,
continuing loss of trees and vegetation, and significant ‘vandalism’ of
bushland by mountain bike riders.
Meeting with potential Council representatives deserves our immediate
and undivided attention if we wish to make a difference to community
outcomes. It is with this in mind that our planned face-to-face ‘Meet
the Council Candidates’ Public Meeting scheduled for the 25th November takes place so that the community has the opportunity to come together and ‘voice’ their concerns.
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews. The
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Member for Epping elected Premier of NSW on Tuesday 5th October 2021 The
Trust congratulates the Member for Epping Dominic Perrottet on being
elected by his fellow members of Parliament, as Premier of NSW.
Dominic Perrottet is our first locally elected representative to State
Parliament to become Premier. Two former State members went on to become
Premier – but not when they were representing Beecroft and Cheltenham.
Parkes who was the representative for North Riding, Cumberland in 1858
(which was before the formation of the village) and who first became
Premier in 1872, and
O’Farrell who was the representative for Northcott, which included
Beecroft and Cheltenham from 1995 to 1999 and he became Premier in 2011.
Tables of all elected representatives can be found on the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group's web site CLICK HERE
Meet the Candidates, Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust Public Meeting. It looks very much like we will be able to host this meeting.The NSW Local Government Elections will take place on the 4thof
December 2021. The Trust has reserved the Beecroft Presbyterian
Church Hall Welham Street for a "Meet the Candidates" meeting on
Thursday the 25th of November. We will provide further details and updates in our next eNews.
The Trust has lodged several letters with Hornsby Shire Council DA/20/2021 - 5 Wongala Crescent, Sept 17 2021CLICK HERE
DA/20/2021 - 5 Wongala Crescent Sept 23 2021CLICK HERE
Draft Byles Creek Planning Study Sept 2021 CLICK HERE
Upcoming Work at Beecroft Station We have been advised about upcoming work on the Beecroft Station Upgrade that is part of the Transport Access Program. CLICK HEREfor the October project update document.
Spoonville Another fine example of the community spirit for which Beecroft and Cheltenham is famous.
This Spoonville was spotted in Lane Cove National Park near Whale Rock.
Damage to bushland around Beecroft and Cheltenham Over
the past two years during the Covid lock down there has been a
noticeable increase in the number of people exercising in our bushland.
We are fortunate to have such extensive areas of high quality bushland
supporting such a diversity of wildlife. But there has always been a
small percentage of people who damage the bushland. The degree of damage
has increased significantly over the past six months caused by bike
riders creating new unauthorised tracks. Only last week an extensive
network of tracks have been created on State Heritage listed land, owned
by the National Trust, at Cheltenham. Trees have been cut down, tonnes
of soil disturbed and all on privately owned land.
The Trust supports bike riding, but only where it is allowed.
Hornsby Council recognises the need for the public to get outdoors and
exercise and has developed many bike riding facilities including two
extensive facilities in Hornsby and Westleigh . CLICK HERE for details.
With respect to national parks, like Lane Cove and Berowra, bike riding
is only permitted on established fire trails. There are signs
posted throughout the bushland explaining what is permitted and what is
not. There is no excuse. This vandalism and degradation of our
bushland must stop. If you witness any such activity please contact
Hornsby Council on (02) 9847 6666 or National Parks on (02) 8448 0400
Bike riders are creating new tracks in undisturbed bushland where even
riding on or through is not allowed and perpetrators can be subjected to
Exhibition of Draft Byles Creek Planning Study -
Exhibition Finish Date: Monday 1 November 2021.
Residents are reminded that the Byles Ck Planning Study is still on
exhibition till the end of this month. The Trust supports the
recommendations of the study and our submission can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.
As a background, Council has prepared the draft Byles Creek Planning
Study to review the suitability of the current planning controls for
residential lands in protecting the environmental qualities of the Byles
Creek corridor area. The draft Study identifies opportunities for
changes to planning controls to minimise the impact of development on
Council invites your comments on the Byles Creek Planning Study by close of business Monday 1 November 2021. Please mark your submission "Draft Byles Creek Planning Study" and email directly to Council at email@example.com.CLICK HERE to access the Planning Study
Alternatively, submissions can also be sent via post and addressed to: The General Manager, Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, HORNSBY NSW 1630
Hornsby Council's Latest News Bulletin From the Mayor's Desk can be viewed: CLICK HERE
Community Strategic Plan Review 2021 This
is Council's 10-year vision. Every project Council undertakes is guided
by this plan. It's the community's chance to tell Council what this
area should be like in 2032. So it's worth people having a say!
Find the survey CLICK HERE.
City of Parramatta's Latest News Bulletin
ePULSE can be viewed CLICK HERE
Beecroft Shopping Village
View from the Rail Station bus stop
Update on the proposed redevelopment of the shops (DA20/2021),
known as 5 Wongala Crescent Beecroft
The Trust has now sent two formal submissions to Hornsby Council outlining the Trust’s concerns. CLICK HEREfor
the Trust’s submissions. The Trust is also assisting some of the
stakeholders in improving the design of the retail component of the
proposed development. Retail design is a specialised field and the
applicant has not given the retail space much thought. For the Beecroft
shopping precinct to thrive and service the local community, the retail
space must work for shoppers and retailers.
The Trust is seeking a wider, more light-filled residential/retail
lobby. Also an internal public ‘arcade’ linking the underground carpark
lifts through to the proposed future open air plaza facing Hannah St.
There are also concerns regarding driveway width, need for public
toilets, more windows and door ways to shops.
Beecroft Place, where Woolworths is located, is not perfect and the
community does not want the same poor design decisions repeated at 5
Julian Leeser MP. Newsletter dated September 17th The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives. CLICK HERE
Julian Leeser MP. Newsletter dated October 6th The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives. CLICK HERE
Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde's Newsletter dated October 8th The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives. 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
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 2021 became due in March... CLICK HERE
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