Opposition to Camden Council's town centre improvement plans grows

Unhappy:  Members of the newly formed Camden Community Alliance discuss Camden Council’s unpopular town centre plans with residents.  Picture: Jeff de Pasquale
Unhappy: Members of the newly formed Camden Community Alliance discuss Camden Council’s unpopular town centre plans with residents. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

MORE than 400 residents have signed a petition by the Camden Community Alliance in the past week, as the groundswell of community opposition to Camden Council’s town centre plans increases.

Many of the signatures were gathered at an information stall set up by the newly formed community group in Camden on Thursday, voicing their own concerns about the revamp plans which include a decked car park on Oxley Street, traffic lights on Argyle Street that will see four jacaranda trees cut down and the narrowing of the road to increase the width of the footpath.

President Pieter Versluis said he was disappointed mayor Lara Symkowiak would not consider suspending the CBD improvement plans to hold ‘‘more meaningful consultation with the community’’ when the pair met last week to discuss the concerns of the group’s more than 100 members.

‘‘Council is steadfast in their view that they have made their decision and will go ahead with it,’’ he later told the Advertiser.

‘‘We did propose they put a moratorium on this to give residents, who are only now realising the impacts of the changes, time to give their input.

‘‘We’re not a rabid group of people jumping up and down. We’re unhappy with council’s process and want them to revisit their plans.’’

The Camden Community Alliance will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 25 at the Camden Civic Centre, 7pm for people to raise their concerns about Camden Council’s town centre changes, to join the group and sign its petition. Details: 0417281934.

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