NICHOLS STREET COMMUNITY GROUP
LOCAL ACTION PLAN COMMUNITY GROUP WORKSHOP
REDFERN TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH 7.30 TO 9.30PM
'CREATE LIVABLE VILLAGES WITH A BALANCE OF SOCIAL EQUITY'
Surry Hills is a heritage conservation suburb with buildings of local, state and national heritage significance. Terrace housing are a dominant characteristic arising from commercial history characterising separate areas and its people. To protect its character with long industrial history safeguards are required.
Surry Hills faces ever-increasing change motivated by commercial developers, changes in age and income distribution of residents. Recent property developments frequently have reduced heritage standards and unfavourably affected the amenity of Surry Hills.
Chaotic traffic growth and on street parking has put stress on inadequate road and public transportation network.
1) Comment on local matters
Pedestrian crossing with traffic lights is needed to be installed to cross at the top of Short Street, (where it intersects with Bourke Street). Currently it is only a stop sign which is not well heeded. And 'rat-runner' drivers (avoiding the main streets) often speed while driving up Short Street (from Flinders Street) making the situation dangerous for pedestrians.
Could more "London Plane" trees be planted along Albion Street (between Bourke & Flinders) to continue the streetscape from Bourke to Crown Streets. Some of the trees that are there now eg. the Jacaranda's are not doing well in this location.
The space's, around the trees, in Bourke St. between Albion & Fitzroy St's on the eastern side, need to be changed. They are different sizes, some are excessively wide, they need consistant maintenance from erosion and having the gravel swept out by the small street sweeper. When this happens there is the danger of pedestrians rolling there ankle or falling. Filling an area between the tree and were people walk with course gravel and resin (as used on other streets), could fix the problem. The tree spaces near St Margarets have similar issues with excessive size.
The posters / graffiti / visual polution that is put on polls through out the whole area. They are a BLIGHT on the main streets of our community. They are usually addvertising stuff that isn't even in our area. They cost our council time and resources to clean them off our streets. "IF", there is a true need for such addvertising in our community , could the council provide a facility that could be better regulated (eg. poster polls as they have in France ) . "IF", this can't be done can we/you fine the venue or act (or both) to stop this
Visual pollution problem of red bus lanes - do we need them in Surry Hills - would it at least be better if they were green
Conserving the Surry Hills heritage in development applications
Community benefits from St Margarets Urban Village project
Traffic flow problems from Eastern Distributor in Foveaux and Short Sts both of which are now major roads
Moore Park parking lot
Exhaust stacks in Eastern Distributor emission levels
Filtration stacks for Eastern Distributor
Mary's Lane memorial bitumen over
Job access for local homeless
Warehouse conversions a priority rather than warehouse demolition
Light rail needed Flinders/Cleveland Sts to city
Council development applications approved under delegation by Council staff e.g.: problem with 1830s Georgian cottages 203-205 Albion St
Homeless activity centers
WC facilities for homeless
People dying in streets from drug overdoses
Street residents street children
Residential infill, additions and alterations; streetscape changes; major site developments;
2) Issues in our neighborhood that should be discussed
pedestrian crossing installed to cross at the top of Short Street, (where it intersects with Bourke Street). Currently it is only a stop sign which is not well heeded. And 'rat-runner' drivers (avoiding the main streets) often speed while driving up Short Street (from Flinders Street) making the situation dangerous for pedestrians
on street parking chaos
commercial premises causing problems for resident parking
off street parking in new developments
emission levels from Hutchinson Lane Eastern Distributor exhaust stack
1880s terraces lack off street vehicle parking
high pollution levels
3) Planning matters that should be brought to the attention of the workshop
taller buildings in Surry Hills e.g. : St MargaretÂs Urban Village
newer developments a Âel cheapoÂ
pedestrian traffic lights Short St at Bourke St
age distribution changes
disposable income changes of residents
political impacts on local area
crime reduction through planning
demolition controls can protect and conserve heritage;
heritage issues not well determined if interiors are not protected
exceeding FSR/height and private open spaces loss
roofs cape destruction
privacy & overshadowing
Nichols Street Community Group