WINSTON HILLS RESIDENTS ACTION GROUP
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO RESIDENTS
$2 MILLION PUB REVAMP
Baulkham Hills Shire Council and Parramatta City Council have Development Applications for extensive refurbishment of the Winston Hills Hotel, whilst we have little objection to the hotel being renovated we do object to the change of concept of the hotel as proposed.
The re-vamp proposes to extensively remodel the interior and exterior of the hotel.
Develop the old beer garden area of approx 125 metres long x approx 10 metres deep from the Caroline Chisholm Drive car park to the rear Baulkham Hills side car park, as an outside eating, drinking, smoking area with 5 large pergolas with operable (openable) sides joined by operable (opening) aluminium roofing.
Provide extensive ceiling to roof glass doors and windows between the existing walls to allow better access from the interior bars to the beer garden.
It is our opinion that after inspecting the plans, the hotel concept is being changed from that of a hotel motel with a restaurant to that of a Tavern ala, The Tavern Hotel at Castle Hill or the Vinegar Hill, Mean Fiddler concept.
The completed hotel will have the capacity to seat approx 800 people, approx half of this number in the outside beer garden area. It is anticipated that the refurbished hotel would easily attract this patronage in busy hours of Thursday thru Sunday.
LATE TRADING: The hotel currently has trading hours from 10am till midnight Monday thru Sunday and 3am trading in two bars Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Since late trading was introduced the suburb has experienced substantial increases in anti social behaviour and serious crime.
E.g.: Brawls in the car parks and surrounding streets; patrons urinating and defecating in nearby yards, streets and laneways; letterboxes smashed; trees and signage broken; glasses and bottles thrown into neighbouring yards; car windows broken; graffiti; foul and obscene language; youths doing wheelies, donuts; playing of loud stereo systems; 3 ram raids at local businesses; several armed holdups involving knives and guns; break and enters; discharging of a shotgun and assault with an axe at a robbery at the hotel; damage to a Police car and assault of officers at a hotel disturbance; abduction of a resident at Winston Hills Shopping Centre ATM; bomb scare at the Winston Hills Shopping Centre.
Do we want these activities in our suburb?
Owner Wants More Late Trading Hours
The applicant recently presented a Development Application (DA) for extension of existing trading hours of operation of the Winston Hills Hotel to 3:00am Monday to Saturday and to midnight on Sunday for all areas of the hotel.
The applicant was withdrawn largely because of residents’ objection, however the applicant advised that he will reapply at a later date.
The approval of the DA before Councils in concert with the existing 12am and 3am closing and any further extension of late trading hours that may be sought, could certainly have serious alcohol related harms for residents and the amenity of the suburb this hotel is in the middle of a residential area. Access roads to this hotel run through your suburb.
What do the experts say about late trading hours and increase of alcohol sales?
(National Research Centre into Prevention of Drug Abuse – Curtin University of Technology Western Australia) found that:
“Violent sexual assaults more than doubled in and around hotels and clubs with late licenses. Late night outlets were shown to have 39% increase in sales”
“The research puts forward evidence that an alarming 125% increase in the number of violent and sexual assaults was a product of greater alcohol sales”.
(The NSW Police submission 2003 NSW Alcohol Summit submission)
“The broadening of the availability of alcohol simply exacerbates an existing problem. Today, we know for a fact that between 70-80% of public order incidents our members attend are alcohol related. This was the case 12 years ago the NSW Police Service found that 77% of public order incidents (assault; offensive behaviour; offensive language etc) were alcohol related”.
The NSW Police Association recommended to the NSW Alcohol Summit 2003
“There ought not to be 24 hour licensed premises where there is not 24 hour security presence or a 24 hour Police Station”.
What can you do?
The matter will come before Baulkham Hills Shire Council on Tues, 19th July 2005 at 7:00pm. Please join other residents at this meeting and bring your friends.
Parramatta City Council will make a decision on Monday 25th July 2005 at 6:45pm. Please support us at this meeting.
Write, phone, email: Federal MP Alan Cadman; State MP Wayne Merton; The General Manager; Mayor; Councillors of Baulkham Hills and Parramatta Councils; The Editors of all Local newspapers; Radio – Alan Jones, Ray Hadley. Please join us in protecting our community from inappropriate development.
Winston Hills Residents Action Group (16/7/2005)