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In East Gosford NSW on “Construction of Donated...” at 28 Albert Street, East Gosford NSW 2250:

Tony Kavanagh commented

I am writing to lodge my objection to Gosford City Council's proposal (DA 55218/2018) to use 550 sq m of Caroline Bay Reserve to build a second Teahouse.

The proposed site is zoned RE1 Public Recreation Zone. It is used at present as a recreational area for all and incorporates an off leash dog area.

The proposed extension of Edogawa Japanese Gardens to incorporate a new Teahouse will impinge heavily on the off leash area and the general recreational reserve. Whilst some may think 550 sq m is minimal I would ask what type of reaction Central Coast Council would receive if it gave away 550 sq m of Grahame Park, Gosford Pool, the 1st fairway of Gosford Golf Course or the home straight of Gosford Race course.

The off leash area is used daily by many residents for the wellbeing of their dogs, their children and in fact themselves. When nearby Elizabeth Ross Park was upgraded it was designated dog free which made the off leash area even more necessary. On a weekend Elizabeth Ross Park is used by families with small children whilst the neighbouring off leash area in Caroline Reserve is used for more robust recreation.

As council allows further residential development in the East Gosford / Caroline Bay Peninsular area, and the dog culture grows, the number of dogs residing in the area is rapidly expanding. This changing footprint is creating more apartments and less backyards and surely must necessitate careful planning of the recreational infrastructure for our future needs. Decreasing the size of recreational reserves and the off lead area seems absurd.

I believe it's my Council's role to prioritise the needs of its residents. The cultural and culinary needs of this area are well served by the existing Edogawa Japanese Gardens, Teahouse, Art Gallery and Cafe/restaurant and I don't understand why this complex has to be expanded at the expense of our parkland and breathing space.

If its necessary to build a new Teahouse for the Urasenke Foundation why cant it be placed at a less obtrusive site around the garden complex or in fact replace the existing Teahouse within the grounds.

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