Was Parra Pub Pressured To Postpone Community Meeting?
With Parramatta's Royal Oak Hotel slated to be knocked down to make way for the city's new light rail network, local residents and patrons had been planning a community meeting to fight the plan this Saturday afternoon.
However, the North Parramatta Residents Action Group (NPRAG) have revealed in a statement that the meeting planned to try and save the historic building that's stood on Church Street for over 200 years has now been cancelled at short notice.
Stephen Brancatisano, Vice President of the NPRAG claims the pub was advised to host the community meeting until after the September 9 Council elections.
"We don't want to speculate on the pubs sudden change of heart, but can only hope that inappropriate pressure was not placed on the family that run the Royal Oak Hotel not to host this event until after the elections. Up until now the Royal Oak have been supportive of this community event and NPRAG have been very thankful for that"
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has previously acknowledged that it would be a "difficult" time.
"We will work with everyone to assist businesses during this obviously difficult period for some, as we get on and build infrastructure for everyone," he said.
Parts of Church Street will be pedestrianised to accommodate the light rail network, which the state government say will be up and running in the CBD in 18 months time.