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Pedestrian Laneways - Glenmore Road a test case

The proposed closure of the pedestrian laneway linking Cooper Street with Glenmore Road raised the ire of many residents and galvanised the community into action. Over 100 submissions and two petitions with 556 signatures objected to the application by the owner of the land to prevent public access, which has been used regularly for over 125  years. When the matter came before the Development Control Committee (DCC) at Woollahra Council on 19th January, Council planners recommended approval for the closure, citing legal advice.  The gallery was packed with residents all sharing their disbelief at the recommendation. Additional correspondence was tabled, and the meeting was delayed for over 30 minutes while Council sought further legal advice.

Robyn Attuell, President of The Paddington Society, Bill Morrison, Vice President, John Mant former President and several residents addressed the meeting, all logically and passionately putting their reasons for the laneway to remain open.  (Read the Society’s addresses below.)

After further discussion Council decided unanimously to defer its decision to erect gates at either end on the laneway and to investigate whether the public has a legal right to use the laneway for pedestrian use; that a report be provided to the DCC on the outcome of the investigation; and that Council make preliminary enquiries into the feasibility and costs of either acquiring the laneway or an interest in the laneway.

We were very satisfied with the outcome of the meeting.

Updated: 31.07.09 

by Robyn Attuell

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