Poles apart on micro reserves

Hands off: Prospect resident John Harrington believes Reserve 554 at the corner of Aldgate and Bolton streets should be protected. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Hands off: Prospect resident John Harrington believes Reserve 554 at the corner of Aldgate and Bolton streets should be protected. Picture: Gene Ramirez

ANOTHER small reserve may be struck off the proposed list earmarked for sale.

Prospect resident John Harrington believes Reserve 554 is unsuitable for redevelopment as it forms a corridor for 132,000-volt overhead transmission lines from the Prospect sub-station.

Overpass cables are above the reserve, which is on Blacktown Council's list of 85 small reserves proposed to be sold.

The 152 reserves of less than 0.15 hectares across Blacktown City are a significant cost to maintain, said a council spokeswoman.

But while it is not used for recreation, Mr Harrington believes Reserve 554 should be left untouched.

"It is not safe to build homes on or stand under," he said.

"I can't see what council would want to sell the land for; it ignores the potential health problems of living under cables. A developer won't care if they build homes on it to rent."

He said the corridor provided a separation boundary from noisy neighbours and industry.

Mr Harrington has the support of independent councillor Russ Dickens, who asked the council for the reserve to be taken off the list at a recent meeting.

A number of reserves have been removed from the list in response to community feedback.

The council spokeswoman said transmission lines would be considered in determining development potential.

"A consultant has been engaged for the preparation of the proposal which will consider these sites for potential rezoning and development, and will include public exhibition," she said.

All comments would be considered.

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