Ryde Council on Tuesday night voted to exhibit proposals for Open Space at Blenheim Park, North Ryde, for public comment.
The proposal is to amend the zoning of homes at 86 Blenheim Road and 14 Epping Road for open recreational use, which has the support of Ryde MP Victor Dominello.
Residents and the home owners spoke at the council meeting.
“I’ve been a resident in Blenheim Road for 35 years and the new developments here have no backyard and people will need open space,” resident Debbie Scholem said.
Resident Chris Turner was sceptical about a favourable outcome from the Liberal dominated Council.
“Why can anyone trust councillors who don’t care about what residents want, but we will not lie down and we will fight on.”
Liberal Clr Sarkis Yedelian OAM said he took offence at Chris Turner’s comment and denied any “sinister” motive but Labor Clr George Simon argued that a decision had been delayed by the Ryde Liberals in the expectation that Ryde would be abolished by the State Government and an administrator appointed.
Home owner Paul Azizi was critical of a recent protest meeting at the site featured in The Weekly Times which he alleged was orchestrated by Labor Clr Jerome Laxale.
“Laxale is in it, posing with his arms folded,” he said.
“It is something out of primary school and he needs to grow out of it !”
Clr Yedelian said he was “sickened” by Clr Laxale “politicising” the issue and Mayor Colonel Bill Pickering told residents that “anything in The Weekly Times deserves to be treated with the contempt it deserves.”
His Liberal colleague Deputy Mayor Jane Stott took a different view.
“At least The Weekly Times had the decency to ask me about my side of the story,” she said.