The Design Framework for the Civic Precinct included many proposals including those illustrated below. They were bundled into a confusing item in the Council Resolution of the 17th ‘of August 2010 that caused the current problems at Laman Street Trees.
Now a year later, after more than $200,000 Dollars have been wasted and the Community’s trust and confidence in the Council shattered it Council hasn’t resolved what it is trying to do.
Laman Street is part of the approved plan of management for all the council owned land in the Civic Precinct. This land includes Civic Park, Laman Street, Christie Place and Church Walk Park. The management Plan controlling the area was adopted by Council in 2000 and is still the official plan. The Laman Street Trees are charted on the official PoM.
There is a lawful process for amending the Plan. It requires the public exhibition of the amended plan and the invitation of public comment and transparent resolution of the plan.
Newcastle has never formally included its framework ideas into the official POM for the Precinct. Ideas including a Library under Laman Street have been touted. (See below)
This proposal would require massive earthworks in Laman Street and the destruction of the fig trees to create a widened plaza extending into the park
COUNCIL MUST DECIDE WHAT IT IS DOING AND GIVE THE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO MAKE COMMENT BEFORE FURTHER DESTRUCTION OF THE LAMAN STREET.