When the cat’s away

When the cat’s away it seems the rats do come out and play. During my brief sojourn up to Loxton this week I missed all the excitement.

What a time not to be here. Storm activity disrupted power supply and the discovery of structural concerns on the tram overpass over South Road has been high at all media outlets.

Storms and Power Disruption

The storms disrupted power to residents of Clarence Park, including ourselves. This was the fortunate part of being away. The blackout that hit 112 homes did not impact on my wife and I. Well apart from a fridge and freezer full of food that had to be thrown away.

Tram Overpass

I missed also the disruption caused to traffic using South Road. The Government, through DPTI, undertook an unscheduled inspection and repair of the tram overpass. Everyone by now is aware that one of 5 beams is leaning out.

Temporary bracing repairs are well under way as I draft this question without notice. It looks like disruption to commuter traffic and to our local residents and businesses will soon be over, temporarily of course.

When the time comes to effect a permanent solution traffic disruptions will be the order of the day again. Who knows for how long on that occasion.

I will be asking Council’s administration a question without notice at our next Coucnil meeting on Monday night. It concerns the future disruption to commuters and therefore the residents and businesses of Unley when permanent repairs or rebuild occurs.

I will be asking:

What will Council’s administration be doing to assist or direct DPTI in managing the diversion of traffic and in particular heavy vehicles through our streets to minimise inconvenience to residents and businesses alike.

Can we not only take a proactive role in determining with DPTI the least inconvenient detours but request also DPTI to alert residents and businesses alike by letter box drop or other such communication or do so ourselves as a service to the Black Forest, Everard Park, Clarence Park, Millswood and Forestville communities.

PS

Can I ask everyone who reads this blog (or the Facebook link to this blog) to support the Black Forest Shopping Centre businesses who have suffered more than we residents with a savage hit to their hip pocket.

Canterbury and Parker Terrace Landscaping Complete

After the dramatic interruption to Canterbury and Parker Terraces during the recent State Government Rail Revitalisation project we now have seen the final touches put to these streets.

And the result, as far as this elected member/resident is concerned the end result is good.

 

P1490920While I was away in Darwin the last of the trees were planted. This was at the southern end of Canterbury Terrace where there was planned to be some street art that was not received favourably by those impacted the most. These trees are the same age as those originally planted, having been nurtured in the nursery.

The vegetation along these two streets have been well looked after by our depot staff. The growth over the last season and the planting of the new trees has transformed this area. It is looking great as a result. It is visually a vast improvement on what was there originally notwithstanding the loss of  some significant trees down Canterbury.

As these trees grow we can look forward to an even more  pleasant streetscape.

We have also seen the installation of a park bench and street signs for both streets at the East Avenue end.

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Just to ensure all remains well I noticed one of our  depot staff bringing in more bark.

Arundel Avenue along the Belair line rework has I understand just been completed and next week we will see replanting in Cromer Parade. This replanting has been necessary as the outside contractors did not look after the original plantings like our staff did on Canterbury & Parker.

Watch out too for some new landscaping adjacent the path between Arundel Street and Victoria Street. The land has been cleared already in preparation of landscaping with I understand at least one tree being planted with the capacity to become significant.

 

 

Black Forest Public Art Consultation

As I have indicated to most people over the weekend who received a letter last week from Council that the content in the letter was not as I, nor our CEO had expected.

In error we informed we would be doing the proposed art rather than seeking your input into the design and locations. 

As my blog title indicates I am here to represent you and advocate for you, which is exactly what I have done to right the confusion that the letter has created. I have spoken with our CEO and he has re-affirmed that we will be listening to what you, my neighbours, have to say.
He promised me on Saturday to prepare a letter apologizing for the confusion and seeking to clarify what we are seeking with you to achieve. I expect a letter may be mailed out tomorrow so watch your letter boxes.
Indeed, if I understand correctly, he has already received enough feedback on the Canterbury Terrace regrowth tree sculpture to meet his promise not to proceed with it if this is what you want. Not sure if has received many yet on the Cowper Road art.
Depending on what might come in on Cowper I believe we will likely formally seek input in November after the end of the caretaker mode caused by the elections. Seems the original letter should not have gone out under the caretaker provisions as our administration are not permitted to conduct a public consultation during this period.
Really. Conducting my business, even with all the red tape I am exposed to pales when compared to the red tape council has to endure. It (the red tape) is one of the contributing factors behind some of the mistakes we (as an organisation) make from time to time.
Watch out for his letter for confirmation of what he is offering.

Hot off the Press-Canterbury & Parker Terrace Trees

Admin have just confirmed the much awaited tree replacement along Canterbury Terrace Black Forest and Parker Terrace Clarence Park is scheduled for the next few weeks.

It has been determined that the same tree will be used on both sides of the rail corridor. It is the Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ as per the picture below. I have been advised that these trees will be 3.0 m high when planted which is fantastic news. There will also be low level vegetation.

The trees in Parker Terrace will located such that we will create more carparks than there used to be with bollards located to protect the trees. This will result in paving repairs being undertaken along Parker as well.

As I expect you already aware there will be no footpath and bike path along the fence of the rail corridor in Canterbury. I understand the trees in Canterbury will be planted opposite those in Parker.

12 Streets to go

With our staff unable or unwilling to offer a program beyond the just recently approved budget for footpath replacement I conducted my own audit just to see how many streets are left in Goodwood South.

I found as follows:

In Millswood
Ellesmere Terrace, Irwin Avenue, Argyle Ave, Hackett Avenue

In Back Forest
Laught Avenue, Ellington,Ave, Gray Street, Selkirk Street,
Winifred Avenue & Hill Court
Cowper Road (west end)

And ….. my very own Kelvin Avenue in Clarence Park.

12 streets left and four years to complete. If at the rate of this coming years budget, maybe we will see them complete in 3 years.

Black Forest Residents Alert

After our recent ward briefing last week our Administration has prepared this schedule of works resulting from the recent Black Forest LATM consultation survey.

In the chart WB refers to Ward Briefing. As you will see Jennie and I have ensured some issues, identified as low priority have been bought forward. They are all easy to implement and low cost. The bid ticket item is the one being delayed pending more information from DPTI about what they will be doing with South Road.

Work on South Road is likely (in my opinion) to occur in 2 to 3 years at best and hence we have held back on what would have been the big cost of implementing the LATM

Description/Street Recommended Priority (from Consultant Report) Timing
Byron Road (slow points) Medium (3-5 years) As per the Council endorsement, changes to slow points will be considered upon DPTI’s confirmation on the future of South Road
Canterbury Terrace High (1-3 years) The work request has been issued to A&I refer the item A38 of Goodwood Sth ward briefing
East Avenue High (1-3 years) Pedestrian ‘Kerb Build outs’ -Concept designs are being prepared – Concept to be available by end of July/ early August – a Work Request will be issued to A&I following the concept design work.
Additional Parking Restrictions  Medium (3-5 years) Additional Parking controls at Dryden Road and Hartland Avenue – A work will be issued to A&I by end of June with an aim to install the signs by end of July. (although a Medium priority, direction at WB is to proceed with recommendation)
Byron Road and Cowper Road –
Local Shops Access 
Low ( 5 years and beyond) Negotiation will be undertaken with the shopping centre owner/manager as per the Council endorsement – commencement from late August 2014  (although a Low priority, direction at WB is to proceed with recommendation)

DPTI Twist on DPA2

Last nights public meeting saw a twist to what may or may not “be able” to happen with future development  in the south west corner of Unley.

Some time back I forecast two possibilities for South Road once the State Government through DPTI how they are going to upgrade South Road.On both occasions people wondered whether I was sane.

I predicted that South Road may become 6 lanes wide and on a separate occasion suggested that I had information that the suburban streets of Black Forest will be dead ended with now access or egress from them from an direction on South Road.

Well we learnt last night that while DPTI have been forcing our hand and pushing for the maximum density in rezoning that the very same organisation may have plans to make any such move obsolete and/or pale into insignificance by comparison.

We heard of two possible options they (DPTI) are considering for the South Road, Cross Road environment. One is to build a duplicate of the Superway at the northern end of South Road. If you have not seen this the I suggest you take a drive up there ad see for yourself.

The other, and likely from what I can ascertain, is that South Road in order to accommodate the B Double traffic down Cross Road will need to be not the 6 lanes I was told I was stupid for suggesting but….wait for it…. 13 lanes.

So residents of Black Forest. If you cherish your environment as you clearly do, as demonstrated after your participation in the DPA 2 consultation, start pushing the government for what their plans are so you can influence them.

I believe you need to be very alert as to what your State Government is proposing for you and you need to do that now, not when it is announced. And you know they (the Government) will not consult like Council have. They will inform.

DPA2-Consultation Complete-where to from here?

The Public Consultation phase of DPA2 after last night’s public meeting has now completed. The question is, where to from here?

The presentations were in the main well researched and well presented. The submissions had substance to them.

The residents of Unley are to be congratulated on their approach to the consultation phase of the DPA. I say this particularly in light of the confusing communications from the City of Unley. The residents of this fair City have demonstrated that they can have a mature conversation about the environment in which they live.

I am very proud of the residents of my ward, my neighbours, and their contribution. Over 50% of the written, and the verbal submissions came from the Goodwood South Ward.

This is a group of people who have had much happen around them in the item I have been on Council. And some of that they have simply had to endure, along with criticism from the powers that be that they weer poorly behaved.

Notwithstanding the confusing messages sent out by Council they too have demonstrated what consultation is all about. The State Government and their department DPTI could learn a lot from us. Here is a group of people treated by Unley as adults who responded in kind. A far cry from the communications that my neighbours have endured from the State Government in the last two years.

Well Done Guys!

So……where to from here?
Our staff will now prepare a report summarising the main thrusts of the public feed back. They will present this report to the Development, Strategy & Policy Committee which heard the verbal submissions last night. They (the committee) will meet on August 11 when they will consider what they have heard and admin’s report.
They will make a recommendation to Council who will consider the same at the August Council meeting. This will be held on August 25th. 
If Council were to approve the plan as drafted it would then be presented to the Minister who will get DPTI to oversee it. I reckon his sanction in this scenario would likely be early next year.
If Council, on the other hand, were to make changes to it by way of changing the borders between zones or other like initiative it would have to go back for redrafting and another round of public consultation. Likewise if Council were to say we got this wrong, that it is flawed and we have to go back and start afresh, then once again our admin would have to do just that and it again would have to go back out for public consultation.
In either of these scenarios the next Council would have to deal with what is then submitted. The reason for this is this Council goes into caretaker mode at the end of August in readiness for the November elections.
I expect the latter will be the case (I will certainly be pushing this way)…. but …. as always …. watch this space.

Immediate and Wholesale Devastation of our Street

At least one person in the written submission is of the belief that this is what the draft DPA means to their street and indeed the entire neighbourhood.
Let me please reassure everyone, or at least put my perspective on this argument.

The zoning in Clarence Park & Black Forest is currently RB350. This allows for two storey construction and each house occupying 350 m2 of land now. This zoning has been around for some 25 years or more as far as I can recollect.

As we all know there is very little development that fits this profile. This is not an indication that having the ability to develop to a particular formula is not going to encourage immediate and wholesale change to an area.

If you believe that this is what the current proposals will trigger you should not have purchased your current house because it was ripe back then for wholesale change, change that did not occur.

The other thing we need to be conscious of is the majority of the area will be Residential, still 2 storey and down from 350 m2 to 300 m2 per house. Most of any redevelopment that will occur in this zone will be not the “developers” we all criticize as profit hungry and not concerned about what impact they make on the street. They will be the mums and dads that own the property in your street. They will be you and me.

As I noted in an earlier blog post in this series the “developers” we all fear will be restricted in that they will not wait forever to purchase enough adjacent blocks to squeeze the most profit out of your street. This will severely restrict the chances of 3 storeys in the Residential Zone as the third storey is not possible until the land size exceeds 5,000 m2.

They will also be restricted in the regeneration zones because of the need to purchase multiple properties and they don’t have the time to wait if they are looking to maximize profits. It is the institutions that will be in a position to make immediate impact if they have (as they do) already purchased properties on the periphery of theirs.

They are the ones that have the potential too to maximize. So if you live next to an aged care complex then it is far to be concerned. If you don’t please do not panic. See it for what it is.

And of course, what it is needs a lot more work as I have indicated in the remainder f this series of blog posts.

No change in height in Residential Zone

The DPA has highlighted that many of us in the now RB 350 zone in Black Forest and Clarence Park thought we lived in a street where only single storey development was possible.

This is not so. The development plan clearly states in clause 1 of the principles of development control for the RB 350 zone that “Development should be primarily for dwelling types of up to two storeys compatible in form ……..”. The same applies to the RB 400 zone over in the south east suburbs of the City of Unley.
And this zoning has been around to the best of my knowledge for at least 25 years. This means the chances are you bought into a street capable of having your property redeveloped into two houses of  2 storey size. Indeed the form 1 that you must have served on you when buying a property will have spelt this out to you.
It has not happened of course which is a clear indication that just because it is possible does not mean to say it will happen.
I do direct your attention having said that to the blog post titled Immediate and Wholesale Devastation of our Streets , addressing this question.

Regeneration Zones not in accordance with Criteria

One of the biggest issues causing widespread anxiety amongst the residents of Black Forest with the draft DPA2 Council has sought feedback on is with the Residential Regeneration Zones.

The selection criteria used to determine which streets are included and which are not is what is causing the confusion and the anxiety, if not simple outrage at being picked on the save others.

Council has indicated that they used the following criteria to determine which streets should be included in the Residential Regeneration Zone:

          v  development that is nearing the end of its economic life or is under-utilised
          v  non-character areas
          v  areas where medium density development already exists
          v  areas close to centres, public  transport and open space

Here is the problem, there are a number of streets such as Dryden Avenue where the only thing that qualifies it is being near public transport. Indeed it is a street that compares better than most as far as NOT being near the end of it’s useful life or under utlisied. It compares better than mist for being character. It is all single storey and spacious.

When a street such as this gets included, something that is patently flawed, it brings into question the entire plan. There are other streets in Black Forest where this repeats itself.

Indeed the east end of Aroha Terrace is included in the Regeneration Zone (the middle being left out). This short length of road has two locally listed heritage buildings. One has to ask what happens to their protection in the event that either side of them and behind they can potentially be dwarfed.

As your representative it is my take that the regeneration zones, if any are to be included in Black Forest, should be limited to the current property that is in institutional hands. 

The same may well apply with our eastern neighbours and I will get a better handle on what applies over their during the public forum.


Why Not Include the Centre Areas of Unley

A frequent complaint amongst those living in Black Forest and Clarence Gardens, and I believe in Everard Park with this DPA. They claim we have been targeted to save those “posh” or wealthy suburbs.

I can not blame people for this as our (Council’s) communication did not spell out to those who have not been aware that this process has been going on for some time that it was just our turn this year.

The centre area north of the Council on Unley Road have already been through this process.That amendment (known as DPA 3) the Main Roads Corridor.

As is often the case people do not pay much attention to what is going on or being proposed until it is on their door step. And that is fair enough. But we did not recognise that this would be the case and omitted to show what had happened in order to put things into perspective.

People in the west, trust me. WE ARE NOT THE SACRIFICIAL BUNNY.

Greenhill Road and Unley Road have both been through this process before and attracted a lot of attention and reaction at the time. This DPA has now been rubber stamped by the Minister for Planning, John Rau after a long consultative process. A process that allowed for some significant modifications to the plan to address impositions that would have impacted on neighbours and therefore the neighbourhood had the changes not occurred.

One major change was a last minute back down by DPTI, on behalf of the minister on a previous non-negotiable, when it came to set backs for side boundaries and what we called the envelope. They (he) assented that buildings exceeding 2 storeys in height should fit within an envelope created by drawing a 30 degree line from 2 metres high on the boundary.

This is an initiative included in the current DPA, although I believe it needs extending from just being on the zone boundaries to being on property boundaries.

Greenhill Road has now approval for building heights ranging from 5 storeys at the east end, to 7 in the centre and 10 behind the Showgrounds. The north end of Unley Road (something I voted against) has been approved for 3 to 5 stories of mixed use, retail on the ground floor, commercial on the next and residential above this.

These two roads we claim have already provided the Government the numbers they have asked from the City of Unley. This is not good enough for them however and so we find ourselves trespassing into the outer rim of the Council area.

Just so that you know we are also working currently on Unley Central, an area north of Mary Street, South of Thomas Street and stretching from the Unley Shopping Centre to the Unley Oval. This is expected to transform this area allowing mixed use. Including residential accommodation over retail, commercial, entertainment and open space will potentially transform and invigorate this area (if we get it right).

It is an area that will surely attract redevelopment before our little patch. It is an area that can add well more to the Government’s targets than our little patch.

Beyond that, Goodwood Road will also come under the microscope into the future.

DPA2 angst makes Eastern Courier.

The Eastern Courier has run a storey on the latest DPA in Unley addressing the Government 30 year plan.

If you missed it you can access the electronic version at this link 

As many of you know Jennie and I have door knocked the most affected areas to make sure everyone to make sure every resident was aware of the changes. We were also keen to make sure that everyone with an opinion, positive OR negative respond to the survey.

Our exercise was not about lodging complaints, although I suspect the vast majority will be just that. If there are people who believe the changes to be good then we want to know that too.

It is not for us (Jennie & I) to persuade you either way but what we absolutely want is to know that we know your thoughts on it. Without this knowledge we can not make decisions that truly reflect the reasoned opinions of our people.

For me this is double jeopardy as not only will I be required to make a decision on what we put to the minister I am also on the committee that will hear the public submissions and which will then make recommendation to the council.

Canterbury & Parker Terrace Planting not far away

Working from home can have advantages in that I can spy Council people hovering around. This morning I caught two looking at the pavers in the carpark bays at the southern end of Parker Terrace this morning.

They were checking out the pavers in this area I believe with a view to determining if to repair them and re-level them before or after the planting. If where up to me I would re-level the paving and then do the planting. Less chance of damaging the trees that way.

Anyway the good news is this is evidence to me that we will see some action on these town streets soon. It may be that the paving work is to be scheduled to commence in the next two weeks. Planting I expect will follow soon after.

This is of course something I can confirm at our next Ward Briefing, which is scheduled for Thursday week. So keep an eye on the two roads and this blog site for further news.

What is happening with the Back Forest LATM & Byron Road

Last Month I reported that Council approved the recommendations from the exhaustive Black Forest LATM we undertook last year. I reported also last week that Canterbury Terrace has also now the green light for modifications to address bicycle safety.

Most of the recommendations from the LATM have been programmed to be executed. The work in Byron Road however, which attracted the largest funding requirement was, as I noted, put on hold pending advice from the State Government of their intentions for South Road.

The story is that the State Government wants South Road (in time) to be a non stop express way. To facilitate this it may be that all suburban streets intersecting with South Road may become dead ends.

At my request our administration is seeking information for the State Government’s relevant department (DPTI) as to what is planned for South Road. The reason is we do not want to be wasting the rates you pay council doing the recommended work on Byron Road if it quickly becomes obsolete because the Government has plans for the streets that intersect with South Road that make this work redundant.

We are still waiting for a firm commitment as to what they are doing but it appears the design work will take the rest of this year to complete. That being the case it may be that we (Council) may need to wait until the end of the year (when a new Council will commence) before committing to do anything on Byron Road.

Canterbury Terrace approved

An amended motion from the one recommended by Council’s admin put forward by Jennie and I was unanimously approved at Council last Monday night in front of a number of Goodwood South residents who made  the journey up to Fullarton Park Community Centre to witness Council in action.

The motion that was unanimously approved reads as follows:
That:
1. The report be received.
2. The proposed changes (as outlined in Attachment 1 to Item 1110/14) at the intersection of Canterbury Terrace and East Avenue be implemented.
3. The existing verge area be replanted with the selected tree species and understory.
4. Staff continue to monitor bicycle traffic in both Canterbury Terrace and through the intersection at East Avenue and report back to Council in 12 months.
5. The community originally consulted on the matter and all other respondents be notified of the Council’s decision.
6. The ‘No Parking” Zone be retained in Canterbury Terrace.
Items 3,4 & 5 were added by us as we, along with a few residents are not convinced the staff’s recommendation for getting cross East Avenue is workable, that the planting selection needed to be noted with residents feeling that this was being ignored, and because there has been a lot of interest in this issue and people who contributed needed to be kept in the loop and not find out when work begins.
Item 6 was included at the last minute thanks to an observation by a resident on the night.
The work has been budgeted for and planting WILL occur, along with the adjacent Parker Avenue during the current planting season, somewhere between now and September.

Canterbury Terrace Finally comes before Council

Just in time from my return from a short holiday the long awaited and much debated solution to make Canterbury Terrace safer with the advent of the bike riders from the Government’s Greenways Project is set to come before Council at our upcoming meeting.

After much public debate we (the elected members) we have two options to decide between. One of these will be (from memory) option 3, the extension of the Greenways bike track which will relocate the trees further out from the track. This option you will recall is a two way option, keeping the left turn from East Avenue.

Since the consultation however our admin have secured what they believe to be reliable data of bike traffic movement using Canterbury Terrace. Word is the traffic volume, even if 5 times more than what it is, does not warrant doing any work other than cleaning up the East Avenue crossing to facilitate bikes and pedestrians getting safely across east Avenue to Cromer Parade, which no-one is yet to see.

So the second option, which is the recommended option (Option 1 in the agenda), will be to leave Canterbury Terrace as it is, except for changes to alignments at East Avenue. This of course is far from what the consultants felt would be necessary and it goes without saying will also keep the left hand turn from East Avenue.

Sounds like a suitable solution/recommendation eve though our Administration were not keen to let you know about it first which provides little opportunity for you to determine if there are concerns or not. I am not happy that this is the case but I reckon the vast majority of you will probably agree with it.

Here is a link to the report on the Council Website the meeting agenda, providing you with the opportunity, albeit fleeting, to advise any concerns you may have before it is considered by Council.

http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/minutesAgendas/Council%20Agenda%20April%202014-1.pdf

If you do have concerns let me know.

So Just what Do I think?

While Jennie & I have been out there talking to you and your neighbours about the Development Plan Amendment DPA2 we have been met with a question that I hope I can answer here.

We have been out on the roads and footpaths meeting you at your doorstep with the aim to ensure you:

ü  Are aware of the proposed DPA2.
ü  That you recognise that it does affect you (if you live west of East Avenue that is)
ü  That you understand it.
ü  That you tell Council what you think about it, whether positive or negative.

We are doing this so that we can be as informed as we possibly can be so as to understand what you think of the proposed changes to residential zoning in Goodwood South. Your reactions do differ and this reinforces that we are doing the right thing in getting out to meet with you.

For these of you we have not yet seen, feel free to contact either one of us so express your views and to seek help in properly telling Council what you think in a way that will allow you to be properly heard.

So back to the question. What do I think?

I think your views are important. Important enough to find out what they are. I am developing views as a result of listening to what you have to say. And some of these are coming out in my blog posts.

When it comes time to vote I can best represent and advocate for you. I cant do that if I don’t know what you think. Once I understand what your position is and what is important to you I ca be best able to represent you and advocate for you.

When 3 storey is not 3 storey- when it does not deliver

One of the principles underpinning the development plan amendment in what will become the new Residential Zone within Unley is the opportunity to potentially have three storey development in this zone.

Will this provide the Government what they are after by way of extra people into the inner rim councils?Unlikely!

Will it create widespread  redevelopment with substantial overlooking? Again Unlikely!

The inclusion of indicating 3 stories is possible has frightened a number of home owners and I believe has panicked a number of them.

Here is my take on the situation.

Very few opportunities will exist without large scale amalgamations of properties to achieve any level of development allowing three stories that will in turn have any impact on the governments need for accommodating numbers of people. As I drive around the streets of Black Forest and Clarence Park I find little evidence that three storey development that can bring about increased residency can be achieved.

In my travels I hear similarly from residents.

So here is one option I think anyone with a concern with this development plan amendment could put to Council and that is to simply remove PDC 9 from the amendment. The reason is it is illogical to have a provision that will be hard to fulfill due to other constraints that will limit it significantly, sufficient to make it ineffectual in providing the higher population density being suggested.

Any specific site that could achieve it now could be identified within the plan, just as has happened at the Fisher Street site known to locals as Julia Farr Centre. This might include the Housing Trust Site in Dunrobin Street, or the nearby ECH site. Co-incidentally both these sites are in the Residential Regeneration site.

Why Acknowledge Local Heritage and then create a Regeneration Zone around it

Having spent a bit of time in the north of Black Forest in the last week I have a resounding question I struggle to find an answer to?

Why would we earmark a section of a suburb that has some of the more expensive properties of the suburb, and an area with local heritage houses be earmarked for the new regeneration zoning for Unley. I spoke with one resident earlier this week about his house, one of those listed as local heritage, who is likewise confused.

He receives a letter from Council one week that confirms his house has been listed as local heritage.

A few weeks later he gets a letter asking for his opinion abut his house now being in the residential regeneration zone, which will allow redevelopment of 3 storeys and more all around him.

This is clearly a question that warrants answering before council submits their thoughts to the Minister.