Jo Haylen, Member for Summer Hill, joined Haberfield residents in condemning Government plans to install three 7 metre signs along the local residential street.
The proposal has drawn the ire of local residents, who were notified by letter over the past week. The proposal was not included on the Sydney Motorway Corporation and the Inner West Council was not notified.
Ms Haylen immediately wrote to the Minister for WestConnex, the Hon Stuart Ayres, calling on the Government to abandon the plans, which were more appropriate for a road the size of a motorway and not a quiet residential street.
The signs will have a significant visual impact on Haberfield, the world’s first garden suburb, which is already being torn apart by WestConnex.
Quotes attributable to Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill
“These are the kinds of signs you see on major highways, not small suburban roads.
“This completely debunks their claims local roads won't be affected by Westconnex. This proposal clearly indicates to residents that their local streets will see enough traffic to warrant signs of this magnitude.
“The Minister needs to go back to the drawing board.
“Haberfield residents have seen enough destruction of their beautiful suburb – they don’t need the further indignity of these absurd signs.”
Quotes attributable to Vincent Sicari, Acting President of the Haberfield Association
“If these signs go ahead as planned, it will be another blow to the heritage of Haberfield, which is already being eroded by WestConnex.
“Time and time again, we are seeing decisions by the Government which are a slap in the face to local residents who value the unique heritage of our suburb.
“The Minister needs to seriously reconsider the scale and size of these signs, which will significantly impact Haberfield’s at-risk heritage.”