Bus shelter demolition to be investigated

North Sydney Council will hold an internal investigation into the demolition of up to five heritage bus shelters in the Council area. There are 44 shelters listed as heritage items in the North Sydney Local Environment Plan.

Mayor Zoë Baker said she was shocked that the heritage shelters had been removed without development approval and consultation with the community.

“The bus shelters were designed in the 1980s to reflect the traditional tram shelters built during the 1880s. They are part of the unique character of North Sydney and were listed as heritage items because they are part of our transport heritage and valued by our community. They have names such as Woodstock and Crowie, which reflect their location and context, and these names hold meaning for many of our residents.

“Council requires other organisations and individuals to protect heritage and we need to hold ourselves to the same standard. It is unacceptable to have demolished the shelters without first conducting a heritage review, community consultation and obtaining development consent.

“In the interests of transparency, I have asked for a full report to Council on this matter, including options for whether some or all of the bus shelters can be reinstated.”

The outcome of the investigation is expected to be reported to Council early in the new year.

 

Posted on 8 December 2022

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