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To: City of Sydney
Clean up Denham & Bloomfield Lanes - Creating safe spaces for our children & community
The Denham and Bloomfield Lanes, as well as Little Bourke Street, in Surry Hills are part of the community pathways that links St Margarets (home to the local Woolworths supermarket, Lumiere and other speciality restaurants and cafes), Bourke Street, Albion Street and Crown Street Public School.
These pathways are through examples of the iconic laneways of Surry Hills, each contributing to the critical history and ideally a community based future for the local area.
Each morning and afternoon hundreds of primary school children and their younger siblings, parents, commuters and workers travel these laneways to get to school, work, restaurants and parks. In particular the path from Little Bourke Street, into Bloomfield Lane, across Denham Lane.
The laneways are regularly found to contain:
- Needles and related paraphernalia
- Rubbish and refuse
- Unwanted graffiti
- Excrement from animals and people alike
- People doing anti social things (drugs, urinating, defecating, sexual intercourse) during and after school hours
We ask that City of Sydney upgrade the road surface including features such as:
- Stamped asphalt
- Speed cushions
- Continuous footpath Treatment (CFT)
- Pedestrian crossings
- Community artworks
We would also recommend lobbying for these Lanes/Streets to be rezoned as 'Shared Zone' in order to reduce the speed limit from 40km/hr to 10km/hr, in particular for Bloomfield Lane.
There are some fantastic examples throughout Surry Hills where this type of work has created wonderful shared and community spaces. Embedded in the lanes that are the artery that connect our communities together.
Not only do the examples create safe, pedestrian, community and vehicle spaces, they lead to increased activities from the immediate community to add plants, garden lights, to keep spaces tidy and open.
Review the experience of Bennett Place and Fanny Place, also Prospect Street, both now the centre for genuine community connection, support and visible tangible use of the laneways for community gathering, children's playing, and sharing art and food.
Why is this important?
The Denham and Bloomfield Lanes, as well as Little Bourke Street, in Surry Hills are part of the pathways used each day multiple times by hundreds of parents, primary school children and their younger siblings going to school, or work.
The laneways are regularly found to contain; needles and related paraphernalia, rubbish and refuse, unwanted graffiti, excrement from animals and people alike.
We ask that City of Sydney upgrade the space to build a more harmonious and safe space, such as; Stamped asphalt, Speed cushions, Continuous footpath Treatment (CFT), Pedestrian crossings and community artworks.
Look at great examples such as Bennett Place and Fanny Place, also Prospect Street, both now the centre for genuine community connection, with the laneways used for community gathering, children's playing, and sharing art and food.
How it will be delivered
We have reached out to the City of Sydney councillors. Clover Moore and Linda Scott have responded committing to make inquiries with the council teams.
- The Surry Hills community
- Crown Street Public School and the P&C
- Residents of Denham & Bloomfield Lanes, Little Bourke Street, St Margarets village
- Local businesses