The Beynon & Hayward building is a highly visible building on Livingstone Road.

The Beynon & Hayward building is a highly visible building on Livingstone Road.  The council car park is visible just behind on the right.

 

The National Trust & the Australian Institute of Architects have criticized Marrickville Council for ignoring “its own report recommending it heritage list a Beynon & Hayward warehouse in Petersham because it might interfere with plans to upgrade a public car park.”

Far too many of our heritage buildings & facades are being lost to modern glass & concrete structures & there seems to be a blitz of destruction happening in recent months.

The Beynon & Hayward building at 6 Livingstone Road Petersham is iconic to the area & much loved by the community.

In a Marrickville Council Meeting in July, the Councillors voted 6 – 6 to refuse heritage protection to the building.  The Greens & Liberal Clr Gardiner voted for heritage protection, which would still allow development to go ahead, but retaining & repurposing the building.

Labor Clr Tsardoulias used his casting vote to deny heritage protection.

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald said –

“London or New York might salivate at the prospect of reviving an inner-city heritage landmark, but in Sydney it seems we’d still just as readily swap character for a car park.

Marrickville Council is under heavy fire from heritage experts, who fear “ill-informed” decision makers are repeating Sydney’s errors of last century in the race to redevelop increasingly valuable inner-city space.”   Sydney Morning Herald article here – http://bit.ly/1k8JINc

This issue is coming back to Council in August. Please sign this petition started by Greens Clr Phillips & let the Marrickville Councillors know that you want the Beynon & Hayward building heritage protected to retain this iconic building of Petersham. This issue is beyond political parties & has to be if we are to save heritage buildings.

You can sign the petition here – http://chn.ge/1s1hDiV

The view of the Beynon & Hayward building traveling south.

The view of the Beynon & Hayward building traveling south.  It would be a huge loss to lose this just to park a line of cars.

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