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The re­sults of our Coun­cil elec­tions are fi­nalised and we have long-time Pen­nant Hills res­i­dent Philip Rud­dock as the new Hornsby Mayor to­gether with some old friends and some ex­cit­ing new faces rep­re­sent­ing Pen­nant Hills res­i­dents in Wards B and C. We look for­ward to work­ing con­struc­tively with all Coun­cil­lors over the next four years.

Each of our new Coun­cil­lors ex­pressed their sup­port for the pro­posed cy­cle path from Pen­nant Hills to Ep­ping and for the Pen­nant Hills Town Cen­tre Mas­ter Plan. In a friendly way, we will hold them to this sup­port. We need a strate­gic plan which avoids over de­vel­op­ment of our beau­ti­ful bush­land sur­round­ings, pro­vides a range of hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for new fam­i­lies to join our com­mu­nity, and is im­ple­mented in a man­ner which avoids ma­jor dis­rup­tions to our lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, com­muters and home­own­ers.

So, here’s our first chal­lenge to our Coun­cil. Please take back our com­mu­nity park­ing spa­ces in the Fisher Av­enue public car park.

As lo­cals know only too well, tradies work­ing on the high-rise de­vel­op­ment in Fisher Av­enue are us­ing the Fisher Av­enue car park as an all-day park­ing fa­cil­ity. Yes, we are aware coun­cil of­fi­cers are fin­ing ve­hi­cle own­ers for over-stay­ing the al­lot­ted three­hour time limit, but when the de­vel­op­ment com­pany is con­struct­ing 100 units each worth more than half a mil­lion dol­lars, a park­ing fine is a triv­ial is­sue.

The other day I counted 28 cars parked to­wards the edge of the carpark at 7.30 AM, and 22 of those cars were still there at 2.30 PM. Mean­while, through­out the day res­i­dents and vis­i­tors want­ing to shop or at­tend doc­tors’ surg­eries are driv­ing around the car park look­ing in vain for a park­ing space. This is in­con­ve­nient to res­i­dents and has a se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial im­pact on our lo­cal busi­nesses.

Here’s a clas­sic ex­am­ple of the “curse of the com­mons” - where a shared re­source sys­tem is grabbed by in­di­vid­ual users act­ing ac­cord­ing to their own self­in­ter­est con­trary to the com­mon good of all users. The Fisher Av­enue public car park is not a con­struc­tion park­ing lot; it is a Coun­cil owned com­mu­nity car part for com­mu­nity use.

The Trust urges our new Coun­cil to fol­low the ex­am­ples such as North Syd­ney Coun­cil in con­trol­ling park­ing us­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to re­turn park­ing spa­ces to the com­mu­nity. Or bet­ter still take a leaf from best prac­tice used by NorthCon­nex which es­tab­lished staff car parks well away from con­gested ar­eas and pro­vides staff with a shut­tle bus ser­vice to con­struc­tion sites.

Coun­cil­lors! Take the chal­lenge -re­claim our public car parks for our lo­cal busi­nesses and our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The PHD Civic Trust is a not for profit vol­un­teer com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion to pre­serve and en­hance the res­i­den­tial amenity of Pen­nant Hills and West Pen­nant Hills.

Fisher Ave car park - needs to be bet­ter po­liced by the coun­cil

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