Another Manly Precinct, Ivanhoe Park, has called an urgent meeting to address traffic concerns in relation to Manly's 2015 Plan, with a particular focus this time on the proposed car park to be built under Manly Oval, at an estimated cost of $36m,
with an entry/exit in already congested, narrow Raglan Street.
A traffic survey by locals showed that in excess of 800 cars accessed Raglan Street between 2 - 4pm on a typical Saturday! Last Saturday there were three weddings; the hop, skip & jump bus, coaches, plus other traffic all trying to access this road - and there isn't even a car park entry/exit there yet!
People are also becoming aware of the likely impact of removing hundred's of existing street parking spaces in the CBD. If you can't easily park and shop in Manly - you will go elsewhere. Could this be the final nail in the coffin for our Manly Shopping Village?
Concerned? Take action! Look out for petitions in local shops, email the Mayor & Councillors. More details on the Petition page, just click icon above to access.
Resident members of the Little Manly Precinct have got behind the Manly Women’s Shelter and raised $6,600 over the weekend by selling raffle tickets, receiving a generous cheque from a local family, and holding a community dinner on Sunday night (21st August) at the Manly Yacht Club.
This is in addition to $520 raised in May when a team from the Little Manly Precinct competed in the Rotary Fun Run.
With the support of Manly Council, they sold tickets in the Corso on Saturday morning and were touched by the number of men who supported the Shelter by buying tickets. They then held a community Paella night, complete with authentic music being streamed live from a radio station in Mexico via the internet!
The precinct has also been instrumental in creating ‘Welcome Home’ packs which contain toilettes and items the women need when they arrive at the Shelter. So far 30 packs have been created from donations of items, with a further 50 to come.
Great work everyone!
Here we go again! This week Council tabled the latest report released by the Ombudsman which is again very critical of the Council's handling of formal and serious complaints, and in particular the General Manager's inappropriate handling of such a complaint and the repeated lack of due process in such matters.
If you are interested, you can view a copy of the report here. Go to the Council meeting for 8th August to find the file as an attachment.
How many Ombudsman reports does it take to get some real action for change?
What do you think should be done to deal with this inappropriate behaviour that seems to be systemic in Manly Council?
Manly Council has been the subject of two highly critical Ombudsman's Reports in a two year period in 2010 and 2011.
Both reports were highly critical of the way in which the Council dealt with resident concerns.
You can download a copy of the reports below:
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor, Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations & community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.