Blacktown park 'could bring crime'

IF BLACKTOWN Council approves its plan to rezone properties it could create a haven for crime and antisocial behaviour just outside the central business district, a privately commissioned report has found.

Property owner Anthony Aiossa planned to develop his lot on Walters Road but was told earlier this year the council planned to rezone part of it as a park.

Mr Aiossa commissioned a report by Harris Crime Prevention Services that concludes the proposal would turn the property into an enclave hidden from street view.

"The community safety risks are antisocial behaviour, nuisance or otherwise prolonged and noisy behaviour usually designed to intimidate neighbourhoods, and criminal behaviour," the report says.

Mr Aiossa said the site was not appropriate for the park.

"Whilst I understand the council's objective to provide more public space within the community, I strongly urge them to reconsider," he said.

A spokeswoman said the council could not respond to individual complaints such as Mr Aiossa's.

A report on the proposed rezonings, that considered about 600 submissions to the draft plan, is now available online at the council's website:

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