Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - ROSS WALKER, PRES­I­DENT BEECROFT CHEL­TENHAM CIVIC TRUST Ross Walker is the Pres­i­dent of the Beecroft Civic District Trust. Please don’t hes­i­tate to get in touch with the Trust. Email him at pres­i­

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 ap­pear­ing 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.

Mayor Philip Rud­dock at the Woolies open­ing

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