WHAT was considered the last barrier to a rezoning of land to allow a five-storey, 100-room motel to be built on Almona Street, Glenwood, was removed last month.
Blacktown Council reports state the motel would be accessed by the adjacent Miami Street but as it had never been dedicated as a public road, deferred consideration of the planning proposal until the matter was resolved.
Landcom will now buy the road area, owned by Almona Pty Ltd — who also own the rest of the Parklea Markets site being considered for redevelopment — and dedicate the road to council.
The motion was carried on February 8.
Glenwood Community Association president Bob McKay was invited to attend the first community cabinet meeting held on February 27 and requested to speak to State Planning Minister Brad Hazzard at the event about the motel development. The request was denied.
“We had cold water thrown over us,” he said.
“They said that there were too many people needing to speak to Hazzard. From here I intend to write to the minister explaining our concerns about the development of the Parklea situation.”
Traffic impacts are among residents’ concerns, with people already cutting through the service station that is bordered by Almona and Miami streets and Old Windsor Road to access Balmoral Road and others.
“People from Rothwell Circuit and that end go through the petrol station because when they get to the roundabout it’s blocked up,” he said. “That’s a regular occurrence. If they do that [go ahead with the motel development] it’s only going to get worse.”
Glenwood Community Association public officer Chris Winslow said the suggestion that people would similarly access the motel from the service station as well as Miami Street in response to concerns about the volume of traffic on the road didn’t wash.
“Good grief, what are they going to do, check in at pump number six?” he said.
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