Lennox locals fight water tank
Kings Court resident and secretary of the newly-formed Kings Court Reserve Protection Group Ian Watt said the sausage sizzle was about ‘generating awareness’ among residents of council’s plan to build a the 6m-high and 26m-wide water tank, which he said would ‘hinder views and community space’.
“The reserve is the only safe place local kids have to practice sports. This huge tank will also wipe out views toward the ocean for some residents,” Mr Watt said.
The tank will take up 20 per cent of the flat land suitable for sport and Mr Watt said until recently the council had planned to improve the site.
He said council letter-dropped ‘only four’ houses with its plans in August ‘even though the 13 homes that overlooked the park would be adversely affected’.
The resident group penned a letter this month in protest to the plans, as part of the community consultation process required for the water system’s Environmental Impact Statement.
This statement will be presented to council and residents. “A decision will go from there,” Mr Watt said.
The letter asked council to explain their decision to change the classification of the reserve from ‘community’ to ‘industrial’ land.
The tank is part of a $100 million reticulation system that will pump non-potable water from the sewage treatment plant into the tank for use by the new nearby sub-divisions.
Mr Watt said the water would be of no use to residents adversely affected by the proposed tank as the reticulation system could not be retro-fitted in existing homes.
“Hopefully this sausage sizzle will bring more attention to the matter and spark some more interest from Lennox locals,” he said.
“My kids and my grandkids play in this reserve. It’s just crazy that council can think that they can just take community land away from us. We will fight it.”