With all the developments and plans that our small community is facing, it is quite difficult for local residents to keep up.
PMRA is actively involved in all areas, working with neighbouring residents groups as well as through the Residents and Business Liaison Group (RBLG) established under the Heartlands planning permission some three years ago to bring together residents and those bringing change to our area. We use our General Meetings, record of the RBLG and our website to keep our community up to date but it is a herculean task.
With so much change proposed by the council and developers simultaneously, each with enormous and far-reaching impact, not only on our residents, but on the entire borough; when we are dealing with destruction of community assets, squandering of natural resources; all while the provision of new housing is the national imperative (not to mention an over-ambitious council that has decided on a utopian masterplan for the area); we need as many as possible in our community to be involved and have their voices heard, either through PMRA or individually.
So this post should provide a short update of what PMRA are involved in and how we are engaging with the current developments.
Summary: We are currently working on a number of fronts and have some serious concerns, particularly around the failure to restore the Moselle, the deficiency of open space, building heights and density, particularly on the Outline. We are also working on responses to the Iceland site, the AAP and key aspects of it, including Caxton Road and The Mall/Sky City.
The loss of trees is becoming an issue locally. The wonderful false acacia at the junction of Mayes Road and Coburg Road was removed because it ‘had a fungus’ - just in time for the planning application to build on the petrol station site beside it.
Photo: The gardening team – John. Ben, Polly and John – out on a Saturday morning
"When the wheels finally came off the wagon it was from an unexpected angle. Why, it was asked, was there so much space for cycle parking and no segregated cycle route?"
Sometime in the next week or so the work on Mayes Road will near completion. It will be a new benchmark for the look and feel of our neighbourhood and enhance its biodiversity. (photo: Luke 'Duke' Newcombe)
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