Heddon Greta Residents Action forms to protest development application

STANDING UP: Daryll Jackson, Kim Newton and Steve Gilbey are members of the newly formed Heddon Greta Residents Action.
STANDING UP: Daryll Jackson, Kim Newton and Steve Gilbey are members of the newly formed Heddon Greta Residents Action.

HEDDON Greta has a new group of champions and they are gearing up to fight for their community.

Heddon Greta Residents Action Group was formed to rally against a development application for phased subdivision of 93 lots in the township.

"Within a week the committee was formed, a door knock and a letter drop conducted and a community meeting organised," committee member Steve Gilbey said.

"Over 100 concerned residents met at Heddon Greta Hotel to hear of the proposed development and to voice their concerns regarding lack of proper infrastructure and the resultant safety issues.

"The community overwhelming voted to lobby council to halt the development until safety was addressed by way of traffic lights at both the Young Street and Heddon Street intersections."

The action group made submissions to Cessnock City Council, raising a number of concerns over the proposed subdivision - particularly in relation to the main exit for the development being via Main Road and Young Street.

"We need traffics lights on Main Road because there are school children and elderly people who need to cross the road safely," Mr Gilbey said.

And they have had some success, with the development application scheduled to be reviewed by council at a later date.

The group has also written to Federal MP for Paterson Meryl Swanson and State MP for Cessnock Clayton Barr on this issue and "vow to continue fighting for this before any deaths occur".

But the residents aren't slowing down the momentum.

They say they will continue pushing for more pedestrian safety initiatives on Main Road - which is a major thoroughfare for the Hunter Expressway.

Committee member Daryll Jackson said the group would be advocating for a number of issues of concerns for the Heddon Greta community.

"We've been left behind too long as far as infrastructure. We want to see a masterplan for Heddon Greta," Mr Jackson said.

The group said further community meetings would be held in the future.