Have a little whine: These people have no shame. And no new ideas. 24.3.2013

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Ghastly piece of Civic ParkThanks to the friends who pointed out Greg Ray’s article about Civic Park’s need for paving. Or need according to some.

In twenty five words or less – 2005: an NCC-paid consultant imagined paving it; Council hasn’t thought of anything new since; are they now conning another Expert to sell the ‘idea’?

From Greg Ray –

Interestingly, an echo of the proposal by some senior Newcastle City Council staff to turn Laman Street into a paved ‘‘Anzac memorial’’ plaza has also emerged.

Readers may recall that in 2010 some council staff sent a submission for federal funding.

It was a bit controversial, because the actual elected councillors didn’t get to endorse the idea before the submission was sent.

The council staff submission read, in part: ‘‘Civic Park, loved and used as it is by the people of Newcastle, has a patchy history of implementation whereby many of its trees are reaching the end of their lives’’.

‘‘Fig trees in Laman Street, which fronts the park and is the address of the Library and Art Gallery, are presently being removed due to the risk they pose to the public…’’

brand newcastle 2[*Screech*.]

My initial column prompted several responses, including a detailed letter to the editor from Edward Duc, the chairman of Newcastle Now, the organisation that invited Professor Gehl to the city.

Mr Duc suggested that about half the park might be turned into an ‘‘Anzac Square’’, with ‘‘the remaining approximately 50 per cent to  satisfy passive activities’’.

‘‘There is an opportunity to make the park truly relevant to our society,’’ Mr Duc wrote.

This is exactly what came up at the charade three years ago – the woman who suggested it was howled down, and withdrew the suggestion, but the ‘idea’ hasn’t gone away.

Maybe they should go and pave something else. Enjoy that desert Wheeler Place. I wonder who knows who chose the pavers for that icky square.

Have They never never heard of the heat island effect? And how about reading the public submissions when the Civic Precinct Masterplan was on exhibition- how many do you think were in favour of anything other than looking after the park as it is now?

Just as the tree removal in Laman Street seems to have been about replacing a water pipe and power cable, this looks as though it’s about moving the Memorial Grove and incorporating it into the ‘Anzac’ part of the park.

Hard surfaces may be great in northern Europe where the eminent Mr Gehl resides; indeed shade from a tree in winter would be hated, but here a bit of grass and shade is appreciated.

Scape drew this: it's a view from the corner where the Memorial Grove now stands. Look at those deciduous trees.

Scape drew this: it’s a view from the corner where the Memorial Grove now stands. Look at those deciduous trees and that concrete.

They’ll do whatever disgusting thing they want, Council, so there’s no point in getting upset, but they’re ripe for ridicule, and some of them are such hacks. Good on Greg Ray hanging in there bagging them.

And what else is new –

Josh Hodges, assistant to our  ‘independent’ Lord Mayor, was apparently seen today driving a car advertising the Federal Liberal candidate for somewhere in Western Newcastle.

And the Rainbow Warrior will be visiting Newcastle Harbour this week – ETA 8am Tuesday but that may change.

And the Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd stuff hit the fan on Thursday. That was exciting.

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Staged replacement in Broadmeadow - remember when we couldn't possibly have that in Newcastle?

Staged replacement in Broadmeadow – remember when we couldn’t possibly have that in Laman Street?

 

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2 Responses to “Have a little whine: These people have no shame. And no new ideas. 24.3.2013”

  1. clarelhdm Says:

    They like pavers because they don’t have to mow them. That would mean employing real people and providing jobs and work for the city. Just like opening public toilets would mean you have to employ cleaners. And now, that just won’t do! How could they afford overpriced PA’s if they do that?

  2. JeromeRyan Says:

    I asked the council workers at the laman St worksite what they were doing.Good blokes.They said we’re repairing a leak in the pipe.Oh i said,how bad is it! Oh it could’nt feed a bird. drip………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..drip…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..drip.Council are still in the hole that they dug themselves into.Sucked in .I don’t think you can get out.

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