Community concerns have been raised about the proposed redevelopment of Parramatta Stadium.
Submissions in response to the Western Sydney Stadium proposal are now on the NSW Planning and Environment website.
The concept proposal for a new 30,000 seat stadium includes the demolition of the existing Parramatta Pool.
The number of objections far outweighed neutral and positive submissions.
Our Lady of Mercy College is in close proximity of the stadium. Concerns include noise and crowd management, parking and loss of the pool.
“This will constitute a significant loss of a recreational facility in the local area and for us at OLMC,” principal Stephen Walsh wrote.
“Additionally, there has been no announcement and is no certainty of timing and location of a new pool in the local area. The OLMC PE department has used the pool extensively for our aquatics program over many years, which will be near impossible to run due to the distance of the nearest pool and the need to run the program during the school day.”
The new stadium will be home to the Parramatta Eels and Western Sydney Wanderers from 2019.
“The impact this venue will have on the region when complete will be substantial and allow our club to continue to service its members and fans in Western Sydney in a state-of-the-art sports entertainment precinct,” the Wanderers wrote.
Other supportive comments requested a safe standing zone for “active fans,” improved disabled seating and better transport.
City of Parramatta Council reiterated its preference for the pool to be relocated at the former golf course.
“It is acknowledged that the removal of the pool on this site will allow for the most optimal urban design outcome, by allowing for an Urban Park between the Stadium and O’Connell Street that will become a key destination and civic gathering space for the City of Parramatta,” it states.
North Parramatta Residents Action Group (NPRAG) hopes the submissions will alert the planning department that the proposal is ill conceived.
“Macquarie Street needs to start appreciating how widespread the outrage in Parramatta is with the minister for western Sydney, Mike Baird. It's time to come and genuinely listen to the community before it's too late,’’ president Suzette Meade said.
NPRAG will hire an architect to demonstrate the pool and new stadium can work together in the "People’s Plan for Parramatta”, due to be released next month.
“The pool must stay and that's the end of it,” Mrs Meade said.
- Details: majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.