Thursday, March 1, 2012

WHAT MINDS HAVE BEEN ENNOBLED IN THE DESTRUCTION OF THE LAMAN STREET LANDSCAPE?

General Manager Lord Mayor and Councillors
Newcastle City Council
PO Box 489
NEWCASTLE 2300
Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Dear Mr Pearce, Lord Mayor and Councillors,

Parks and Playgrounds Movement is poignantly aware of the long process of preparing and nurturing a mature Landscape to replace the Laman Street Cathedral Arch recently removed.

The enclosed letter (below) sets out the problem from the community point of view.

The Movement has watched this process with its gains and losses over the years since 1952.

We prepared the first community concept plan for the Civic Square in 1968 which was rejected by the Council at that time but helped raise awareness about the problems and possible solutions available.

We are naturally disappointed at the untruthfulness which we have revealed in the attached letter and look forward to an improved culture in Council and ultimately the creation of a worthwhile Civic Landscape in the future.

Yours Sincerely

Doug Lithgow