Rubbish, Woolies and the new council

Mayor Philip Ruddock at the Woolies opening
Mayor Philip Ruddock at the Woolies opening
Ross Walker
President Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust

Last month saw the long-awaited supermarket and associated shops open with quite a bit of ceremony in the lower level of the new Beecroft Place shopping centre.  

The State Member for Epping Damien Tudehope and the newly elected Mayor of Hornsby Council Philip Ruddock both participated in the opening fanfare. The second retail floor and privately owned home units located above, should be open by early this month.

The construction of Beecroft Place on the corner of Beecroft Road and Hannah Street, has caused significant disruption to the rest of Beecroft shopping centre and local community over the past two years.  

This construction has forced many to shop elsewhere – in Pennant Hills and Thornleigh. As a consequence of the disruption nearby shopkeepers have struggled financially, so hopefully, until the next redevelopment occurs and it will because the whole of the shopping precinct has been rezoned for units, the shopkeepers will now be able to re-establish their businesses again.

I, for one, will be glad to see clean streets around the shops again. I’m fed up with the rubbish left behind by the tradesmen. Soft drink cans and take away food wrappers litter the surrounding streets where the tradesmen park their vehicles. I’ve noticed it’s a common occurrence on all building sites throughout the Shire, with the amount of rubbish appears to correlate with the size of the development. The recently completed ETTT project created similar litter problems along the rail line for three years. Perhaps Hornsby Council should condition all development approvals that the surrounding streets must be kept clean of the rubbish the tradesmen generate.

On behalf of the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, I’m looking forward to working productively with Hornsby Council’s new Mayor and all nine Councillors. For the Trust to function effectively we must develop a working relationship with all the Councillors not just the three Councillors elected in our C Ward.  

Perhaps the most pressing matter still outstanding from the previous Council is how the local community should use the remaining  $2.2 million set aside from the sale by Council of the former Congregational Church at Cheltenham. The previous Council resolved to use the money for the benefit of Beecroft and Cheltenham residents. Now with seven new councillors (only three of the former council were re-elected), hopefully the wishes of the local community will be supported. I intend to discuss the matter with the Mayor and the Councillors once they settle into their new roles.

Finally a reminder that the Trust’s new website is now and I can be contacted on the email address below. The Trust also has a regular Enews that we send out about twice a month. To subscribe, contact me on this email.
_____________________________________________________________________ Ross Walker is the President of the Beecroft Civic District Trust. Please don’t hesitate to
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