Coun­cil must act re­spon­si­bly, in best in­ter­est of com­mu­nity

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Dear Edi­tor, With ref­er­ence to the pro­posed ameni­ties be­ing sit­u­ated on the south-east cor­ner of the Fin­ley School of Arts.

These toi­lets, coun­cil’s op­tion three, are also in­tended to serve pa­trons of the Fin­ley War Memo­rial Hall, sit­u­ated on the north side of the an­nex, link­ing the two halls.

In my view, the fact this propo­si­tion passed coun­cil scru­tiny is as­ton­ish­ing, and the fact it’s a con­cept of coun­cil’s own de­vis­ing beg­gars be­lief.

The pro­posed ameni­ties en­croach on the School of Arts kitchen, its ser­vice area and fur­ther im­pede its func­tion by des­ig­nat­ing the clos­est park­ing, ‘dis­abil­ity’.

The kitchen and south side emer­gency exit door are to be ac­cessed via the lava­tory cor­ri­dors.

Crowd­ing a toi­let block onto the front cor­ner of this quaint old build­ing will do noth­ing to en­hance it or the streetscape.

The vi­a­bil­ity of the War Memo­rial Hall will be com­pro­mised, which is per­haps coun­cil’s in­ten­tion. Noth­ing else ex­plains its in­sis­tence on im­ple­ment­ing such a flawed plan.

The War Memo­rial Hall was built to com­ple­ment the School of Arts, not in op­po­si­tion to it.

Shared fa­cil­i­ties served our small com­mu­nity well un­til a mi­nor­ity, whose in­ter­est lay solely with the School of Arts, clam­oured for its own ameni­ties.

For what­ever rea­son, which we’ll never truly know, coun­cil whole­heart­edly sup­ported this mi­nor­ity to the ex­treme of de­cid­ing to pull down the War Memo­rial Hall un­til they were op­posed.

Con­struct­ing shared ameni­ties within a re­fur­bished cen­tral an­nex was the pop­u­lar vote many months and many thou­sands of wasted dol­lars ago.

We ex­pect coun­cil to act re­spon­si­bly, pru­dently and im­par­tially in the best in­ter­est of the whole com­mu­nity.

Yours etc. Narelle Ed­wards

Fin­ley

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