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Erskineville shops fighting for survival

As this paper has reported over the years, Erskineville has been the place of many campaigns for the saving of public housing and saving the post office and school writes Trevor Davies in the November South Sydney Herald’s Have you heard?

And now it seems that the next battle on the horizon is to stop a supermarket on the Hive site (the old Police Boys club site on Erko road). It seems that the possibility of a Coles or a Woolworths coming there has upset quite a few people.

Spokesperson for the residents opposed to this new development Victoria Rati says,

“The Foodworks supermarket on the corner of Newman & King Streets expanding and a Franklins on King Street – how many more do we need within a two-minute walk of each other? We believe a mixed-use development on the Hive site (21-23 Erskineville Road) that enhances the Village is entirely viable and possible for a developer and the village community alike. We strongly believe the community shares these sentiments and have been encouraged by the initial response rate.  Over 30 shop-keepers have a copy of the petition and already 500+ individuals have signed. We do however need the whole community to get behind this and ask for their passionate support. We appeal to Clover Moore to help us save Erskineville Village.”

We will have a full report on this campaign next month.


Source: South Sydney Herald November 2007