Randwick Greens Councillors despite supporting the CBD to South East Light Rail project will not be voting next Tuesday night for the signing of the proposed development agreement because of outstanding issues that require resoluton.
Councillor Murray Matson said that alienation of park land and tree loss issues for the Greens had been compounded this week by a break down in attempts to resolve parking issues with the Government.
“The local Greens are in dispute with the Government over the number of trees to be lost and the unnecessary degradation of High Cross Park. These standing issues have been compounded by this week’s news that the Government is taking what we see to be a completely unreasonable stance on mitigating the parking issues. The Greens will not be voting for agreeing to the current version of the development agreement for the CSELR project despite our support for light rail.”
The Greens state that 100 to 120 current existing parking spaces along a section of Anzac Parade could be kept open in non peak hours after the rail line is built but that Transport for NSW officials seem uninterested in talking to the Council about it.
Councillor Matson said,
“The Greens understand that 100 to 120 of the current parking spaces could be retained in non-peak hour traffic between Alison Road and Darling Street, Kensington. It would be simple matter for the Minister to intervene and give the Council assurance that these spaces will be kept. There seems no real interest from her department chiefs to consider the idea.”
The Greens are further “outraged” by reports this week that the Government plans to auction off its land on the old Kingsford Market site rather than directly sell or provide it to the Council for parking use.
This news comes as a particular slap in the face to the Greens as they have recently successfully moved on Council that the site be used for a joint venture parking project to protect South Juniors and offset parking losses in Kingsford.
Councillor Matson likened the auction to “developer speculation at the expense of Council”. He said,
“The Greens are outraged that the Government will force Randwick Council to compete at auction against developers for the Kingsford Market site. We have identified to the Government that we are seeking to use the site to offset the parking losses that the CSELR will cause in the Kingsford business centre. It is thus breath takingly exploitative for the Government to seek to maximise its profits at the expense of a Council that is trying to do the right thing by its residents and business.”