Randwick Green Councillors are stepping up pressure to try to save a bike path and significant trees from being destroyed by a late design change to the approved development consent for the CBD to South East Light Rail (CSELR) project.
Councillors Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson emailed their fellow Councillors on Friday evening urging that a much stronger resolution be adopted instead of the recommendation attached to a Council report to be debated on Tuesday night (10th November).
Email sent Friday 6th November 2015.
Amendment to “Miscellaneous Report No. M9/15 – Randwick Light Rail Alignment Working Group” on Nov. 10th Planning Committee Business Agenda
Dear fellow Randwick Councillors.
We wish to propose an alternative recommendation to that listed in Miscellaneous Report No. M9/15 with the suggestion that it be moved as the actual motion on the night.
“That Council receives and notes the outcomes of the investigations of the Randwick Light Rail Alignment Working Group.”
WORDING OF ALTERNATIVE MOTION
“That Council rejects the intended removal of trees and bike path facilities along the north side of Alison Road that results from the approved modification to the CBD to South East Light Rail consent as both unacceptable and unjustified and;
- Notes that the tree removals are likely to occur in January and will arouse great and justifiable anguish in the eastern suburbs community;
- Notes its disappointment that the issue of this consent modification was not flagged with Council until after the signing of the CSELR development agreement;
- Will seek urgent legal advice on whether Council now has grounds to challenge the consent modification;
- Calls on the Australian Turf Club to support a revocation of the consent modification so as to enable the light rail lines to be returned back to the south side of Alison Road bordering the racecourse as was the design at the time of the signing of the Development Agreement with Council ; and
- Will authorize the spending of $10,000 on street signage along Alison Road calling on Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith to intervene in good faith on behalf of the community to save the trees and bike path by a return to the design prevailing at the time of the signing of the development agreement.
Randwick Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson