LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Council listens to Middleton Grange residents at community forum

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Over 600 attended Liverpool Council’s Middleton Grange forum on September 17, held to get community feedback on a plan for a town centre, infrastructure upgrades and illegal dumping. The council was aware of the community desire for a town centre and has been working with the owners of the land, Manta Group, to find a viable option for the whole community. The developer’s proposal includes a big shopping centre and over 900 units. Not everyone was in favour – many prefer a smaller town centre. The decision will lie with the planning minister.

We’re determined to address the issues raised which are the council’s responsibility and to lobby Government agencies on those concerns that are not. We came to listen – and we heard your passion for your community. We’ll come back to residents within weeks outlining how we’ll respond and commit to holding a second forum early next year. Initial responses indicate the community is worried about the scale of proposed development. Council officers will prepare a report on all responses, including from state agencies, which will be considered at a full council meeting early next year. The council also clearly heard the community’s message on infrastructure and will report back in coming weeks with a plan on how it can better support Middleton Grange residents.

The council had identified more than $60 million worth of works to support the growth of Middleton Grange. By early 2020, Cirillo Reserve will have two new sports fields, a cricket pitch, an amenities building, spectator seating, an off-leash dog park, a children’s play space and an outdoor gym. And by June 2020 Stante Reserve will have a children’s play space, a half-court basketball court, a futsal court and seating.

The council is working with the State Government on major upgrades to several key roads and to improve traffic management in the area. The upgrades include widening Fifteenth Avenue, extending Middleton Drive under the M7 to Aviation Road and upgrading Flynn Avenue from Cowpasture Road to Ulm Road. The plan for Middleton Grange Town Centre is part of the Local Environmental Plan, which is on public display until October 26. Residents can have their say on the plan at listens.liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

KIERSTEN FISHBURN

Chief Executive, Liverpool Council

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