Residents have their say on The New Heart of Ryde
Published on 20 August 2019
As the formal consultation period for The New Heart of Ryde enters its final days, residents who live in the vicinity of the Ryde Civic Centre site have welcomed the proposal.
The New Heart of Ryde is the City of Ryde's vision for a new cultural and community hub that will provide a four-fold increase in community space while retaining public ownership of the site. It will be financially sustainable and will not result in increased rates or cuts to any services.
Speaking on behalf of some of the local residents at the site last week, Phil Peake said The New Heart of Ryde proposal was a marked improvement on previous plans for the site.
"While it is just a concept at this stage, the plans that we have seen are very encouraging and it will draw a wealth of activity to the area," Mr Peake said.
"It is welcome that there is no residential component as apartments are just not suitable for this site. The fact that it will be owned by the community and built for the community is also a big tick, while having space to allow Council staff to be located at the site makes logical sense as well.
"What has been extremely heartening is that Council has been willing to hear the residents' views and concerns. Obviously a proposal of this size and scale will have a significant impact on the surrounding area, so I think it is a good start that Council has met with us to talk through what is planned for the site."
Formal consultation on The New Heart of Ryde begun in late June and is due to close this Sunday (25 August).
Submissions from all members of the community can be made:
• Through an online survey at www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/heart
• By email at firstname.lastname@example.org
• By post to General Manager, City of Ryde, Locked Bag 2069, North Ryde NSW 1670.
Click here for more information on The New Heart of Ryde.