Currans Hill residents slam Camden Council playground location

Not playing: Gary and Amanda Cook, and their neighbour Jenny Carnuccio (right) are angry they were not consulted about an adventure playground to be built in Currans Hill Park 15 metres from their property. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale
Not playing: Gary and Amanda Cook, and their neighbour Jenny Carnuccio (right) are angry they were not consulted about an adventure playground to be built in Currans Hill Park 15 metres from their property. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

A high wire fence around the park next door was the first sign of Camden Council plans to build a new playground, Currans Hill residents Gary and Amanda Cook say.

Mrs Cook said they had received no information or consultation from the council about plans to build an adventure playground in Currans Hill Park, which the council passed in October, 2014.

‘‘Where they have proposed to put the park is right outside our house,’’ she said.

‘‘It will take away our privacy.’’

Mrs Cook said they had lived next to the park for 15 years and already had problems with young people jumping over their fence or congregating next to it, outside their house.

The couple and their neighbour Jenny Carnuccio met with a Camden Council officer recently to discuss their concerns.

Among their suggestions was moving the playground further towards the centre of the park.

‘‘We also said we want a garden planted along our fence to stop people kicking balls against it and we asked for our fence to be replaced with a six-foot high fence,’’ Mrs Cook said.

‘‘We also think our property value is going to be impacted now we have a playground on our door step.’’

Camden Council’s community infrastructure director Vince Capaldi said the council was considering two sites for relocating the playground to middle of the park, along with other mitigation options.

Other options included planting Australian natives along the fence line, weekly inspections of the park for the first three months and working with the police to monitor safety issues.

Mr Capaldi said the council had undertaken a community consultation process last year.

‘‘Following this, council undertook a design process that incorporated issues raised by residents, which included consideration of a more appropriate location of the playground in order to increase the ability for passive surveillance,’’ he said.

‘‘Concerns were raised recently by residents and council is undertaking further consultation with the community.’’

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