Two Woy Woy speakers who first were given approval to speak at today’s Local Planning Panel meeting have now been prevented from speaking.
The speakers were told that the September 14 discussion about Austin Butler Reserve and 10 other blocks of council land that are earmarked for sale is not open to the public.
It apologised for the inconvenience.
Council-under-administration has asked the panel for advice on its plans to reclassify the land, which includes Gosford Bowling Club, from community land to operational land.
This is just one step in a plan to eventually sell or lease the 11 blocks.
A portion of Austin Butler land, about 4000sqm of the reserve, is earmarked for sale to Peninsula Plaza.
It is home to more than 40 mature trees.
Residents are campaigning against the sale, rejecting a deal from Administrator RIk Hart to use the money over ten years for a greening strategy.
Trees are a big topic in today’s meeting with three items considering the destruction of trees.
One involves cutting down a mature street tree at the front of a proposed development in Booker Bay.
A second one involves removing a mature tree at the bottom of a block for multi-dwelling housing at Umina Beach.
And the third one is the proposed land reclassification that residents wanted to talk about.
See the panel agenda here: https://centralcoast.infocouncil.biz/…/LPP_14092023_AGN…
Watch the meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgCHWBPyCtE…