Campbelltown Road businesses fear being 'wiped out' by planned upgrade

CAMPBELLTOWN councillors have criticised Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for what they see as lack of planning and public consultation over the controversial Campbelltown Road upgrade.

They've objected to plans to widen the stretch of road to up to six lanes, which would see metres sliced off some semi-rural properties next to the road.

The council will request the RMS abandon its current review of environmental factors, which is on exhibition until May 31, and undertake a new study to seek wider public input.

They also objected to the proposal to remove land from Ingleburn Military Heritage Precinct and historic Denham Court House.

Councillors unanimously backed several motions opposing the planned road widening at last week's council meeting.

Cr Anoulack Chanthivong had to leave the chamber when the matter was debated due to a conflict of interest (he works for RMS), but he's previously been a vocal supporter of protecting the Scenic Hills.

Denham Court residents who stood to be affected by the plan packed the public gallery and turned out in force at a recent committee meeting.

"Never in my nine years on council have I seen so many angry people come to a city works meeting," Cr Paul Hawker said.

Cr Fred Borg said the RMS consultation was "a complete botch-up". "This became apparent when we heard stories of the RMS jumping fences rather than knocking on doors. Our residents deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect."

In a letter to residents last week, RMS apologised for "errors with the distribution" of community newsletters concerning the project.

Cr Meg Oates worried about the impact of removing metres of land from Denham Court House.

"I was one of the people to my shame who thought the amount of curtilage around Blair Athol would be enough to protect the house — it wasn't."

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Businesses fear being 'wiped out'

BUSINESS owners along Campbelltown Road at Denham Court say they will suffer if the stretch is widened and a central median strip is put in.

Austec Irrigation and Garden Supplies owner Mike Aldridge would lose more than 30 metres of land which he needs to display his gazebos, fish ponds and retaining walls under the proposed plan.

It would also reject all the business parking and make access difficult.

"Customers would have to park on the other side of the road and then cross.

"And it would affect deliveries in particular. The road's going to widen to within a few metres of our shop which is just dangerous.

"It'll wipe us out. If we don't get out it'll wipe us out."

Denham Court Caravan Park owner Margaret Wardle, who also owns the nearby BP service station, said the proposed works would have a huge impact on the 65 people who lived in mobile homes on the property.

"All the people travelling to Campbelltown will have to go five kilometres the other way because they're putting a median strip in."

The lines marked out on the road for the expansion went over the service station's underground diesel tank, which meant it would need to be moved, Ms Wardle said.

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