This week’s mailbag continues the rage from locals angered at Council’s proposal to turn 16 parks into development opportunities.
One writer asks if councillors ever stop to think what is it about the Redlands that presently makes it so liveable, likeable and lovable? Another says it’s time to dispose of the current council.
Other writers focus on the “trashing” of heritage in the Redlands. It seems that heritage signs are no guarantee of protection and the historic 1889 Cleveland Station Master’s cottage is about to be moved – to make way for 19 more car spaces at the RSL Club.
If you have something to say, and you want to say it to a lot of people, send an email to:
Dispose of the Council, not the parklands
The proposal to “dispose” of parklands in Redland City should be the trigger that “disposes” of this current Council.
Parks are dedicated or set aside in specific locations for very sound reasons. When a development occurs, the impact on the density of the surrounding population dictates a very important planning decision. That is, how much public use land will be required to support the increase in population that will result from this development.
The land is either dedicated as park under the provisions of the Land Act 1994, or held as freehold by the Council for and on behalf of the people in the community.
In addition, some parkland can result from a donation by persons who donate on the basis that it will be park FOREVER. And, some parkland can be acquired using taxpayers money as the land may be deemed to have significant environmental or cultural values.
Whichever way it becomes park, it is entrusted to Council or Government for and on behalf of the community. Entrusted means “held in trust” which means Council must be able to be “trusted” to hold community land forever.
Clearly there is a serious breach of trust being enacted by this Council. Therefore voters must vote them out and make it very clear through public opinion that any future Council that proposes the same action will be dealt with in the same way.
Lyn Payne, Cleveland
Keep the Redlands green
Thank you for the opportunity for any resident to comment about rezoning parks in Redland City.
How could any Councillor in their right mind consider removing from the Redlands the ‘green’ that makes the Redlands what it is?
Do they ever stop to think what is it about the Redlands that presently makes it so liveable, likeable and lovable?
What category of permanent resident do they wish to encourage here?
The erection of 2-3 storey slum dwellings or ghettos enclosed behind barricades (yes,that’s what these habitats will be in 10 years time) on every green patch that ever graced this pleasant and peaceful Moreton Bay coastline, will be to this Council’s eternal shame.
Lying to ratepayers and treating their constituents like dirt – enough is enough.
March 2016 – bring it on!
Heather Hagen, Redland City
Heritage buildings should not be moved
I am dismayed at the council decision to approve the removal of the Cleveland Station Master’s cottage from its site on Middle Street in Cleveland. Cleveland RSL have been given permission to remove this piece or Redland’s heritage for a car park for 19 cars.
The Williams council is well known for its disregard for heritage and has no City-wide heritage plan so this philistine decision is to be expected. This building could have been protected by council years ago but since 2002 Redlands has steadfastly refused to list privately owned building for protection.
However it is most disappointing that the RSL, an organisation that prides itself on preserving history, has chosen to trash our local heritage. It is no longer acceptable to remove heritage buildings. It is to be hoped that a public outcry can shame the RSL into doing what are shameful council does not – and that is to leave this building in place.
M Hardy, Redland City
Heritage signs aren’t what they seem
I have attached three photos of heritage signs in Cleveland to prove a shocking point.
Here’s the kicker: only one of these valuable buildings is actually protected in any way (The Grand View). The other two and many more like them could be demolished tomorrow.
Also in that category is the Station Master’s Residence built in 1889 (beside the RSL).
Could you please show these photos and alert people to this fact?
• NO HERITAGE POLICY
• NO heritage plan.
• NO heritage staff.
Put it all together and we nave NO HERITAGE LEFT!
We need to make a loud noise about this.
Gwen Hollyman, Redland City
Redland City Council’s Draft City Plan 2015 website