on Church Point Car Park Options
| SIRA Update
After many years of discussion and planning, an independent report on
car park options at Church Point was presented to Pittwater Council and
representatives of the Resident Associations at the end of May.
Engineering consultants, Hyder Consulting, were engaged to review
seawall and car parking options opposite the Commuter Wharf on McCarrs
Creek Road as well as provide broad costings and identify issues.
Three design options were considered:
Option 1: A plan proposed by Peter Altona and “Church Point
Option 2: The previously adopted plan in the Church Point Plan of
Option 3: An upper deck over Option 2 as referred to in the CPPOM
Option 1: costed at $5.45
million, providing 56 parking spaces
Option 2: costed at $5.43
million, providing 60 parking spaces
Option 3: costed at $7.27
million, providing 120 parking spaces
Several issues were raised with Option 1, including:
Pittwater Council asked all Resident Associations to respond with a
recommendation within two weeks. Based on Option 2 being cheaper and
having fewer issues, the SIRA Committee has voted to recommend this
option. However, SIRA has also requested Council to investigate
costings for Option 3 as there was no clear mandate from the community
for this proposal.
- the closure of McCarrs Creek Road during construction
- a right turn from McCarrs Creek Road is prohibited,
requiring traffic from Terrey Hills to drive past the entrance, make a
U turn and return to enter the car park
- vehicles could bank up on McCarrs Creek Road caused
by congestion in the parking cell due to narrow entrance and isle width
- no disabled parking spaces within the parking cell
- whether the design could deliver 56 spaces
- the design requires reverse parking, driver side to
kerb and passenger side exit onto the access isle (e.g. children) with
oncoming traffic from behind
- vehicular movements within the car park cell would be
- the sight line along the road approaching Church
Point is inadequate compared to Option 2 as the pinch point” at the
Waterfront Store still compromises pedestrian safety when crossing from
the bus stop
- less efficient parking arrangements when considering
both vehicular and pedestrian movements
- prohibits the construction of an upper deck for
Once the budgets and car park permit prices have been provided, SIRA
and WPCA will again be actively involved in negotiation with Council
over the cost to the community.
It should be noted that Council is contributing substantially to
infrastructure costs in consideration of the public benefit from these
Pittwater Council will consider all Resident Associations’ views before
deciding which Option will go to tender.
While emotions run high on this particular topic, there has been
exhaustive community involvement over the past 10 years including
surveys, articles, community forums and discussions.
The SIRA Committee will continue to consult with the community at each
relevant stage and aim to achieve the best practical outcome for
additional parking and design.
Harold Park BBQ
ready to Sizzle
The BBQ in Harold Reserve (next to Carol’s Wharf) is now fully
functioning, after a wonderful effort by Sue Dickson and her Parks
& Reserves crew.
A new metal plate donated by SIRA is ready to receive your snags,
steaks and veggies for the enjoyment of all.
Please remember to clear up after you!
Letters to the Editor
Surely the "independent"
report and Pittwater Council are kidding?
The ONLY starting point for sensible debate in local govt. reform is to
how we reduce them, and how we best drive the obvious benefits of scale
- one GM, one head of Planning, one head of garbage, etc,
Also, as a well-to-do Pittwater resident it does not offend me to think
that my rates might help a struggling family in Cromer. To use
the line about "diverse socio-economic profiles of the Pittwater, Manly
and Warringah Council areas" is offensive.
The only other important issue is to ensure that an expanded council
builds us Scotland Is residents a proper car park at
Bayview. It's not as if a 'local' council has helped us
with our access issues, so we might as well have a regional council
with the muscle and the money to make a difference.
Let's get real. It is a national embarrassment that Sydney
has 44 local councils, and is the worst system of governance I have
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PAPER ON EXHIBITION
arts paper for Pittwater is on exhibition for comment after the Council
meeting this week.
The draft paper, which has been under development over the last six
months, forms part of Pittwater’s Social Plan known as ‘Live,
Connect, Participate’ adopted in 2012.
Coordinator Melinda Hewitt said the document had been developed through
with the arts community and local residents.
“We conducted a survey, spoke to local creative people and held the
Picnic Perfect event, allowing
residents to talk about their vision for the arts in a relaxed
environment,” said Ms Hewitt.
“From these discussions we’ve gained a clearer perspective of the local
arts scene including an
understanding of audiences and creative professionals.”
“Overall Pittwater has a creative population and this document informs
us of the opportunities and challenges for artistic development
in the area,” she said.
Some of the key findings of the draft arts paper include:
The draft arts paper will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 5 June
until 2 July To view the
- Pittwater audiences strongly support the events run
in Pittwater, and expressed their wish for a more regular program of
- Creative people in Pittwater want more opportunities
to present their work
- Public art has been identified as the top priority in
- Community members have highlighted the potential of
linking art events with the natural environment; along the lines of the
‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibition.
- Pop-ups and short-term leases are identified as
possible ways of showing more arts, retail and recreation.
plan visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov,au/exhibition.
Copies are available at Council’s customer service centres and
libraries, 1 Park Street Mona Vale and 59a Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon.
Comments on the draft paper close on 2 July 2013.
Media contact: Melinda Hewitt, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1170
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