CONGRATULATED FOR REJECTING PROPOSED
Society Inc. congratulates Bayside City Council
for its decision at its meeting on
REMNANT BUSH IS CRITICAL TO
BEAUMARIS CHARACTER: BCS Inc. and
very many Bayside residents strongly believe there
is great value in retaining all of the relatively
few remaining examples of indigenous Beaumaris
treed road verges freely and fully visible and
open to the public in the way they have always
been. That ambience has long been recognized as a
major appeal of Beaumaris. For those on the bus
route from Sandringham railway station, Holding
Street is the approach way to the Keys Street
business centre, whose car park was well renovated
after Bayside City Council took note of BCS concerns.
Intensive development has largely overwhelmed the original natural character of Beaumaris. Opportunities to hold on to tangible, visible and secure evidence of the character that gave Beaumaris its original distinctiveness and attractivemess are fast disappearing. Keeping this 50 metre narrow strip of treed roadside verge public, unfenced and truly a part of the public domain, has great benefit to the image of Beaumaris, and will attest to its past, present and future appeal.
PUBLIC RIGHT TO ROADSIDE AMENITY SHOULD PREVAIL OVER PRIVATE EXPANSION: Adjacent private property owners should only be offered public land if there is absolutely no public justification for its retention. There is sound justification for unfenced public amenity continuing in this landmark case. The new, narrower width would be below the width of most road verges in Beaumaris.
FINANCIAL ASPECTS: The conditions on the proposed Section 173
agreement appear to be largely for show as they
impose no greater burden on the proposed owners
than would apply if they had always owned the
land, or if those conditions were not specifically
included. A development setback from
We note that the heavily discounted sale price would short-change the public. BCS Inc. recognizes that Council might be reluctant to retain the land, but that should not prevent it from at least holding out for a better deal by requiring the full market price. That option should be given a fair trial, as the municipality has no urgent need of the 50 cents per citizen that the present bargain price represents.
Council has been told of
the increased annual rate revenue that extra
private land will produce, but it has not been
told of the greater sacrifice of annual capital
gain (exempt from capital gains tax) for Council
that a sale will entail.
cc. All Bayside City Councillors, Bayside Leader