Friday, Dec. 15th
Offshore residents rally against Pasadena redevelopment
Local residents plan a protest rally on Saturday in opposition to the renovation and reopening of the Pasadena building at Church Point.
“The overwhelming majority of the community does not want this venue reopened,” said Sharon Kinnison, spokesperson for the Scotland Island Residents’ Association (SIRA). “We aim to dispel any illusion the current owners may have that the community supports it – we don’t, and we’ll continue to fight it.”
Property developers Biagio Abignano and Paul Peterkin recently began renovating the building, which has been derelict since 2009, despite plans by Northern Beaches Council announced in August this year to compulsorily acquire the building and dedicate the site to community use.
“We already have a congestion problem with the number of visitors to Church Point and this will make the situation worse with no community benefit. A venue like this is completely out of character with the area,” Sharon Kinnison said.
SIRA, Church Point Friends and the West Pittwater Community Association which represent more than 1,000 local residents helped organise the protest. They say the owners are using a development approval from 1963 as the basis to reopen the venue.
Residents groups say they welcome the compulsory acquisition plans and appreciate the support for such a plan from the Northern Beaches Council and local member Rob Stokes.
The site has been the subject of several failed development applications, including for a day spa and wedding reception venue.
Residents say the offshore community has grown over the years resulting in increasing pressure on car parking. They are also concerned the community will lose access to the Crown Land on the water side of Pasadena which is used by locals and day visitors.
“There is currently insufficient parking overnight and at all time during weekends,” the spokesman said. “The reopening of The Pasadena as a venue would significantly increase pressure on parking because this development has no possible options for private parking.”
About 1,000 permanent residents on Scotland Island and the Western Foreshores of Pittwater access their homes from Church Point.
Church Point carpark users currently pay about $300 a year for public parking, which will increase to about $500 after completion of the double-storey car park.
The rally will be held at 9am in front of the Pasadena building.
For further information, contact:
Scotland Island Residents’ Association – Sharon Kinnison, 0438 719 764, email@example.com ,
Church Point Friends – firstname.lastname@example.org
West Pittwater Community Association – email@example.com