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To: Clover Moore, Mayor, City of Sydney

KEEP DARLO'S LANEWAYS OPEN

The petition was delivered to Council and in just over a month, Chris' campaign to the City of Sydney Council won - with a redesign passing council that retained the laneway and provided new public greenspaces.

Congratulations, Chris!

KEEP DARLO'S LANEWAYS OPEN

URGENT!! Sydney City Council is proposing to close off Berwick Lane at Bourke Street (near Liverpool St ) and block all pedestrian access.

STOP PRESS!! DRAMATIC NEWS TONIGHT AT COUNCIL AS CLOVER MOORE MOVES TO RETAIN 222 PALMER FOR A PUBLIC PARK, REDUCE NOISE AND VISUAL IMPACTS OF CHILDCARE CENTRE INTERNAL RAMP AND PUSHES TO RETAIN PUBLIC ACCESS - INCLUDING DISABLED ACCESS ! MORE TO FOLLOW SOON - BUT PLEASE KEEP SIGNING UP !!! NEW VOTE TO BE ON DECEMBER 10TH

UPDATE: EXTRAORDINARY SCENES 1ST DECEMBER AT HEFFRON HALL AS COUNCIL UNVEILS REDESIGN OF CENTRE TO (1)RETAIN PUBLIC ACCESS TO BERWICK LANE , (2) REDUCE RAMP IMPACTS , (3)PROVIDE NEW COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE /GARDEN AT 222 PALMER STREET, (4) CREATE ROOFTOP PLAY AREA ON 277 BOURKE AND (5) MOVE COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO GROUND FLOOR OPENING TO BERWICK LANE !!!!! OMG!!!! WILD CHEERING!!!

THIS IS EVERYTHING WE ASKED AND MOORE!!!

THANK YOU TO MAYOR CLOVER MOORE , ALL COUNCILLORS, COUNCIL STAFF AND TO YOU AND ALL THE COMMUNITY!!!

SOME REFINEMENTS REMAIN BUT THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING RESULT!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Darlinghurst's laneways are a unique heritage feature of the area and are in everyday use. We don't have many parks in this area but we do have our laneways. Darlinghurst residents and friends of Darlinghurst call on all Councillors to preserve our laneways as important public spaces.

Residents say it's possible for the childcare centre to be built without the need to close off pedestrian access. Childcare AND community access including disabled access is possible.

These stairs are an important safety exit in case of assault or fire for residents and provide access for elderly residents.

The childcare drop-off zone proposed for Bourke Street is literally right on the cycleway. The 389 bus passes in both directions every 6 minutes. The road is already very congested with nearby school drop-offs.

This is an accident waiting to happen. Parents find it hard enough to load and unload children and prams at the best of times. Our children need protecting.

Residents are also concerned that serious injury to a child may lead to calls for closure of the cycleway. Moving the parking to Palmer street side and building an access ramp for people arriving by bike or walking or disabled will connect Bourke Street and Palmer Lane to a relocated entrance on the Palmer side.

Sydney has a long history of ignoring and closing laneways and is only now beginning to change this policy. Blocking pedestrian access at Berwick Lane is a step back to the bad old days.

Please oppose the blocking of pedestrian access and unsafe drop-off zone on Bourke St. Please ask Council to relocate Bourke Street parking and provide proper community and disabled access by a ramp from Bourke Street to Palmer Lane.

Please sign this petition and email:
Mayor Clover Moore [email protected] ,
Senior project manager Lise Morgan <[email protected]>
Councillors on http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/Councillors/Councillors.asp

Please call Council on Tel: 02 9265 9333 (24 hours, 7 days per week) to lodge an URGENT complaint demanding public access be retained and the safety issue be addressed.

Why is this important?

Council says it needs to close Berwick Lane in order to build a new childcare centre at 277 Bourke St.

Residents say It is possible for the childcare centre to be built without the need to close off Berwick Lane. Options include relocation of stairs or a disabled access ramp which can be used by everyone.

Instead of selling off 222 Palmer St (existing childcare centre) it can be demolished and made into a community park. Safety issues on Bourke Street need addressing.

This closure is the start of death by a thousand cuts for the historic and much loved laneway system of Darlinghurst.

Please join the fight to protect community access and stop heritage lane closures.

KEEP DARLO'S LANEWAYS OPEN.
KEEP BERWICK LANE OPEN
CHILDCARE AND PUBLIC ACCESS - including disabled access.
SEE YOU AT TAYLOR SQUARE MARKETS
PLEASE PASS IT ON

How it will be delivered

A decision was deferred until 12th November after a very well attended meeting. Please keep signing up!. Signatures were tabled on 12th November and will also go to the 10th December meeting .

Updates

2013-12-13 12:41:06 +1100

Petition is successful with 434 signatures