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Welcome to the Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust website...

This, Australia's first Civic Trust, established in 1964, is marking 50 years of service in 2014. 

The Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust was formally incorporated under the NSW Incorporation Act (1984) on 5 December 1988.  The Trust has achieved much since its foundation, to put the case to Federal, State and Local Governments, as well as to Statutory Authorities, for the survival of what remains of our passive and defenceless natural beauty, and for citizens who wish to continue to enjoy this natural beauty and other desirable civic amenities.

The Trust also aims to preserve the existing village character, heritage values, and the natural beauty of the Beecroft and Cheltenham district. You can find out more about our aims and objectives in our constitution

URGENT 'PHONE CONTACT - Trust Secretary - 0414 881 336.    MEDIA ENQUIRIES - Trust President - 0407 454 227.

Environment 2119 – EPA Report Card - July 2014

Interim Report - Summary Results include the following:

Householders expressed very high overall levels of negativeor very negative environmental impacts(Q. 1):

91% Epping to Thornleigh Rail Link

88% Loss of trees for subdivision of large blocks

87% Loss of trees for new houses

84% North WestRail line

Householders indicated highest overall levels of local noise & air pollution (Q. 2):

93% Noise from rail wheel squeal

89% Noise from diesel rail locomotives

80% Noise from Pennant Hills Road

Householders noted high levels of discomfort in terms of Irritation, Sleep Loss, Stress andHeadache(Q.4):

90% Noise from rail wheel squeal

85% Night time/early morning vehicle sirens

75% Rail corridor freight locomotives

Householders’ comments on support for a good environment in Beecroft & Cheltenham said:

95% Poor or Very Poor support by NSW Government (Q.5)

To view the full interim report, click on the [Recent Submissions] tab at the top of this page...  

Epping to Thornleigh Third Track – Operational Noise & Vibration Review

If your household suffers ill-effects from rail-freight, you may have received the ETTT Operation Noise & Vibration May 2014 Newsletter; if not, please click on that web-link. 

You may also wish to review ETTT’s Noise & Vibration FAQ, or the range of documents – shown towards the bottom of the following web-page: Operational Noise & Vibration Review

One local resident has reviewed the above, and written the following Operational Noise & Vibration Review request: 

Read more...

Beecroft Town Centre DA - 7, 7A-C Chapman & 81 Beecroft Road, Beecroft

Reflecting local and nearby residents' concerns, your Trust has obtained further expert advice and put a comprehensive additional objection in June to the above development.  Click for: FULL OBJECTION

Key concerns are:

  • Building style and finishes are poor
  • Non-compliant height of proposed development
  • Heritage Assessment is inadequate
  • Car access and headlights
  • Balconies proposed are within the 10 metre setback
  • Landscaping
  • Rear setback of the development should be 8 to 10 metres
  • The required separation between buildings of 9 metres is breached
  • Development intrudes 6 metres from the Heritage house at 83 Beecroft Road
  • Top storey setbacks required by DCP are breached
  • Trees are still regrettably regarded as an afterthought
  • Retaining the existing fencing along Beecroft Road & Chapman
  • Building depth requirements (of 18 metres in SEPP 65) are exceeded
  • Rear setback breached by balconies to rear
  • Failure to comply with need for 3 metre clearance between walls of lower and top storey walls
  • Building Separation with adjoining properties.

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