Croft St safety fears

Local residents surrounding Gerringong Public School and Preschool are coming together to make a joint submission to Kiama Council objecting to aspects of the proposed demolition and reconstruction of Uniting Mayflower’s Boronia residential care facility.

The new plans retain the existing carpark and driveway alignment onto Croft Place.

An otherwise quiet residential street, Croft Place is a direct access to Gerringong Public School and Gerringong Preschool so at peak times sees a high volume children and parents on foot, riding scooters and on bikes.

Residents are proposing Uniting relocates access, waste and utility services through the larger Mayflower facility on Greta Street to increase safety and reduce noise and privacy impacts
on the neighbourhood.

“The Boronia driveway is located on a blind corner on the bend of the road where traffic conditions can become chaotic and dangerous, especially in a street without footpaths and other safe zones for pedestrians,” says resident Lisa Wraith

“The volume of staff and visitor cars, and the facility’s minivan and delivery vehicles going in and out of Boronia on a 24 hour basis, as well as gas utility and waste management trucks outside on Croft Place, puts Gerringong’s children at greater risk of an accident than if this business access point was not located in its current neighbourhood location.”

In general, the residents support Uniting’s upgrade of their facility.

“The proposed complete demolition and rebuild of Boronia presents an excellent opportunity to relocate the driveway access point, waste and utility services to within the greater Mayflower site,” says resident John Black.

“However, our experience with the planning and development process surrounding Uniting’s current 15.7 metre, 100 bed facility at Mayflower tells us that a strong community response at public exhibition stage is critical if we are to be left with a facility in keeping with Gerringong’s character and community.

“After all, the safety of our children is not something that should ever be compromised for cost, convenience or precedence of current arrangements.”

Details: The DA is on public exhibition until 6 September at kiama.nsw.gov.au or at the Council Administration Building. Submissions can made up until that date by email to council@kiama.nsw.gov.au (re: DA 10.2018.202.1

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