Save Elliott Reserve: Maintain our Green Open Spaces
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As a concerned community member, I wish to express my objection to the construction of a 250-person capacity multi-purpose building on Elliott Reserve, an area of green open space and the only leash-free area in the southern part of Strathfield LGA. It is also known habitat for the Endangered Green & Golden Bell Frog. The proposal comprises 3 large halls (143-174 m2), an outdoor function centre, reception area, kitchen, foyer and 41 car parking spaces. The form and scale of the development is not consistent with what our community expects of “community” or “recreational” facilities. I object to DA 2017/065 because:
§ It would result in the loss of green open space, habitat for Endangered Green & Golden Bell Frogs and the only leash-free area in southern Strathfield.
§ There has been no community consultation.
§ The purpose, patronage, and hours of operation of the proposed facilities are not spelled out. It has been compared to a “club”, “commercial” premises and “educational” facilities, none of which are permissible on land zoned RE1.
§ The inclusion of a bar, kitchen, outdoor function area and balconies as “community facilities” has not been justified.
§ It underestimates the traffic that will be generated by the proposal in combination with the proposed residential units being built in the local area.
§ The number of car parking spaces – 41 spaces for a 250-person capacity building – is unrealistic and inadequate.
§ Does not consider the dangerous entry/exit point on Punchbowl Road.
§ The scale and nature of the “facilities” are not in character with the local area, predominantly low density single-storey residential.
§ It would generate noise and lighting impacts on surrounding residences and habitat.
§ It would negatively impact residential amenity (e.g. access, leash-free, views, noise, light, traffic and parking).
§ The security measures to be installed to prevent anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti would negatively impact local residential amenity (fencing, lighting, access).
§ It would generate putrescible waste that would attract rats, mice, ibis, feral cats and other pest species.
§ It replaces grass with an impermeable surface but does not consider drainage impacts.
§ It underestimates the amount of soil that would be excavated (i.e. more than 1 tonne).
I do not believe that the Strathfield community should have to choose between community facilities and open space. For all these reasons, I strongly urge Council and Councillors to reject DA2017/065.
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