Election Pledge 4. To campaign for a better balance between investment in the city centre & the suburbs including parks & highway infrastructure.
Fenella, Steve, & Jane believe that there is an unequal balance in the levels of investment between the city centre & the local communites, such and Heath & Birchgrove.
Fenella said ‘Over the past 5 years there has been a noticeable decline in the levels of investment within our Ward. While residents have had bus lanes forced on them, this ‘investment’ is not being seen in terms of highway reconstructions, resurfacing, and proper filling of potholes. Our streets are no longer swept on a regular basis while other parts of the city are seeing deep cleansing as routine’.
Steve added ‘I have discussed with Fenella on many occasions the lack of investment by the Council in Heath Park. This is a fantastic resource, but the Council has not invested in it like other parks in the city, preferring to franchise out its facilities to private businesses. This is a park with huge potential & is a much needed area for exercise & developing new activities for all ages’.
Jane commented ‘Birchgrove used to be a busy & thriving shopping centre & it concerns me that, in spite of replacing the paving & providing some more parking spaces, the businesses are not coming. We have got 6 empty shops at the moment. We need to look at this in terms of how Council can play a part in helping to reduce the burden of business rates & working with landlords to discuss the costs of rents’.
We shall continue to call for a balance to be struck between investment in the city centre & the suburbs including Heath & Birchgrove.