Keep steeple safe

THE vista of St John’s hilltop steeple, in Camden, can be seen for miles. It is the major topographical landmark that defines Camden.

Sydney has the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Camden has St John’s. We have an obligation to preserve it and its surrounds, the Village Green (Macarthur Chronicle, May 9).

From many viewpoints, St John’s dominates the landscape majestically and conveys the traditional Gothic principle of ‘ascendancy’ – reaching for the heavens.

The view from the north and east is ethereal and inspiring. This is the classical viewpoint that would be destroyed with development.

St John’s is recognised as one of the finest examples of village church architecture in Australia.

Heritage and history should be preserved and maintained not encased by a crowding development that will seek to exploit the greatest density yield that can be squeezed into the Village Green.

I invite Camden Council to organise a community picnic on St John Village Green where residents, architects, historians, poets and children can defend this site from development.

Let us not fall into perilous “descendancy” by destroying the charming curtilage of St John Village Green.

Greg Frawley, Smeaton Grange

Pom apology

FORTY-SIX years ago I migrated to Australia from the UK, settled in Camden (Elderslie) in 1971, and have never regretted it.

However what I do deeply regret, and feel a need to apologise to those who value Camden’s historical past for, are the actions and comments from certain other UK migrants who are, apparently, hellbent on encouraging the wholesale destruction of much of Camden’s historical ambience.

I refer to earlier letters from one Ed Wilson, in which he enthusiastically applauded the destructive actions of the mayor and her Liberal cohorts over their ongoing and never ending “improvements!” to Argyle St and the more recent letters from David Milton in rubbishing the Camden Vale Milk Depot building.

Both these gentlemen obviously have no regard for Camden’s history and, had they remained in England, would no doubt be enthusiastically supporting the bulldozing of Westminster Abbey to make way for a modern shopping complex, or convert that “Old building” at the end of The Mall (Buck House), into a block of low cost units.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the actions of some of my fellow “ex Poms.”

Tony Jackson, Elderslie

West neglected

IT appears again that if you live in the western part of Sydney, you are a secondrate citizen! These are the reasons why:

– Use of a privately operated toll road if you live in the west to get to work.

– Lack of airconditioned trains out here in the hottest summer on record.

– Three convenient motor registries were closed down and placed in Gregory Hills.

– The convenient cross-city Cumberland line train was taken away from Campbelltown.

– Our city trains used as a limited stop service for the people on the city side of Revesby, reducing seats and increasing travel time.

– A proposed incinerator out here spewing pollutants after the one at Waterloo was shut down.

– An airport out here spraying us with fuel, toxins and noise. We already get 50 per cent of Sydney’s pollution in Campbelltown/ Camden according to the Metropolitan Air Quality Study.

– Statistics show wage rises in the west are a quarter of the easterly part of Sydney.

– The new airport train is 20-plus years away.

– Camden Valley Way with four lanes is already inadequate.

I thought governments were supposed to look after the people. According to Sir Henry Parkes, “Statesmen look after the people and politicians look after themselves.”

Think about who you vote for next.

Bill Craig, Woodbine

Boost for coal

WHAT great news to see Tahmoor coal colliery will not close and many jobs will be saved (Macarthur Chronicle, May 16).

Unfortunately there is a push by the left side of politics to kill off coalmining as an energy source and replace it with renewable energy with obscene haste, decades before it will be economically viable.

The South Australian wind farm electricity failure fiasco should ring alarm bells.

David Klein, Glenfield