Sam - Jan 31, 2012

posted 30 Jan 2012, 15:11 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 30 Jan 2012, 15:12 ]
I am writing to express my concern regarding the revised planning controls for 57 Ashmore Street and 165-175 Mitchell Road.

Whilst I do not object to redevelopment of the Ashmore Estate and understand the need for urban renewal, I find the planning controls directed by the Department of Planning as completely inappropriate and lacking any vision for the city.

There are numerous negative impacts a development allowed by these controls would have and no doubt these have been pointed out by countless other concerned residents.  However, I would like to focus on the infrastructure.  

Both the road and rail networks are already unable to sustain the current population.  Mitchell Road and King St have bumper to bumper traffic for both the morning and evening commute and Erskineville Road/Swanson St/Copeland St has become subject to heavy traffic as an unintended thoroughfare.  While trains are already operating at capacity and sometimes even being able to stand on a train is out of the question.  Obviously adding five thousand new residents without further investment in infrastructure will only exacerbate the problems.

We love Sydney.  We love our City of Villages.  Don’t start destroying them.

Please listen to the residents.