Parishioner ‘dismayed’ at potential sale

The proposed land for sale. Picture: Google Maps

The proposed land for sale. Picture: Google Maps

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St Johns Anglican Church parishioner and Camden Residents Action Group member Helen Cowell is “dismayed” at the potential sale of church land.

The Park Street resident, who lives within 150 metres of the St Johns site, said the grounds were “invaluable”.

Church leaders want to build a “contemporary worship centre” on the grounds to cater for Camden’s growing population.

They are considering selling the vacant land along Menangle Road, the rectory on the corner of Menangle Road and Forest Crescent and a property on Alpha Road which backs onto the land to pay for the new building’s construction and maintenance on the existing church.

Ms Cowell said she had recently lost the fight to stop a medical centre being constructed on her street and didn’t want to see another development so close.

“I thought retirement was supposed to be relaxing, I didn’t realise I’d have to keep fighting development,” she said.

“Is nothing sacred?”

Ms Cowell said the vacant land was frequently used for parking during funerals.

She is worried an additional building would exacerbate the parking problem.

“People already park up and down Park Street when there’s a funeral on,” she said.

“I see them staring longingly at my driveway as they’re desperate to get a spot.

“There’s no space to park along Menangle Road because it’s too narrow.”

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