Eastern Suburbs Sydney
FREE’s tennis court rezoning proposal leads to alternative solution by Waverley’s Mayor
Tennis Courts - Wellington Street
FREE has been seeking to have the Wellington Street Tennis Courts rezoned by Waverley Council to allow residential development on the courts. FREE is then proposing to use the profit from development to fund the construction and costs of a community centre.
FREE argues that its community urgently needs a new centre and that rezoning to allow residential development is appropriate based on the community benefit its services provide. Council officers and local opponents of the plan, oppose rezoning saying that rezoning of recreational space in one of Australia’s most densely populated suburbs cannot be justified based on the financial needs of a group and that planning considerations alone must determine the outcome. Council officers have recommended against rezoning, in part because of the scarcity of recreational and open space in Waverley.
FREE has posted a story on Streetcorner outlining the nature of its work and development plans for the Wellington Street tennis courts, which also attracted heated debate on both sides of the argument. To read the article and some of the 106 comments, go to F.R.E.E. Community Centre http://www.streetcorner.com.au/news/show...
It is not clear which parcels of land Mayor Sally Betts believes may be suitable for leasing to FREE are located but Streetcorner will update the article once we obtain this information. Council will debate the idea at the next Waverley Council meeting and community members on both sides of the argument are expected to again forcefully put their case.
What are your views on the proposed rezoning of the Wellington Street tennis courts? Do you think rezoning of recreational or open space should be allowed to fund the building of a community centre? Is Sally Betts suggestion that FREE lease a parcel of Council land a good compromise?