With summer looming its now been over eight months since the world first experienced COVID-19, and whilst it’s been a difficult year, I hope you and your family remain safe and well during this difficult period, and I sincerely hope we are all in a far better position as we celebrate Christmas and the New Year with family and friends.
There are some who believe critical infrastructure upgrades have been slow in coming, however North Ward continues to change on a daily, weekly and monthly basis as many of the new roads, developments, parks and open spaces come to fruition which is very exciting for the many thousands of new residents we will welcome to North Ward in 2021.
See below for some of the new and exciting upgrades planned for North Ward over the coming weeks and months:
A new local park will be located in Hannaford Avenue, Box Hill which has now progressed to the detailed design phase. The park will feature a range of attractions including a playground catering to a wide range of age groups, accessible spinner, 4m high climbing structure with slide, double swings with rubber soft fall, turf kick-about play space, nature-play space for toddlers, park shelter with picnic setting, seating and drinking fountain, accessible concrete footpath and a pathway that loops around the playground suitable for bikes and scooters. Following community consultation and finalisation of the design, Council anticipates construction of the park to start in the 2021 Financial Year.
- Hezlett Road upgrade continues with the relocation of Telstra service utilities, demolition of kerb and pavement and installation of concrete barriers.
- As part of the project, the kiss and drop zone, formerly located on Hezlett Road, has been temporarily relocated to Hipwell Avenue behind North Kellyville Public School, and the capacity has been reduced to three cars at a time. Where possible, please park on nearby streets and walk the short distance to pick up children to reduce demand on the kiss and drop zone. Travelling times are likely to be impacted - please travel slowly, be aware of changing traffic conditions and follow all warning signs and the direction of traffic controllers.
- Hezlett Road is being upgraded to two lanes in each direction with allowance for kerbside lanes to become clearways during peak hour and available for parking during off peak hours.
- Box Hill/Nelson is a new release area that was planned under the NSW Government’s North West Priority Growth Area Program, and now available on Council’s website is information that lists key features that will be provided within the area and when they will be delivered, including, sportsgrounds, reserves, roads, cycleways, bridges, bus routes, detention basins, rain gardens, roadside swales and confirmed and potential sites for schools. To view information on the Box Hill Release area and to access the interactive Story Map, go to www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Building/Road-and-Building-Projects/Sydneys-Growth-Centres/Box-Hill-Release-Area
I will continue to work hard to bring our infrastructure up to speed to support the rate of new development, noting that Council has no appetite for debt and the infrastructure is paid for by developer contributions.
I will continue to advocate and support the residents of North Ward and again I would like to publicly acknowledge the excellent work our hard working progress associations do in supporting their local communities such as the Box Hill/Nelson, Annangrove, Friends of Glenhaven, Glenorie and North Kellyville Advocacy Groups.
May this Christmas season bring you closer to all those you treasure in your heart, and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.