Northern Beaches Council has confirmed the notice of closure for Barrenjoey Swim School has been revoked.

Following our report yesterday (Sunday, 06 March) that Northern Beaches Council CEO Ray Brownlee and Director of Planning and Place Louise Kerr had visited the premises of Barrenjoey Swim School last Thursday (03 March), Council has issued a statement confirming it has revoked an order to close the swim school.

As was reported previously, parents of young students of the popular swim school based at Patrick Street, Avalon Beach, had been shocked and dismayed to learn of Council’s order for the swim school to close.

The visit to the swim school by senior Council staff addressed the issues surrounding the permissibility of their business in a residential area and explore possible solutions to address the concerns of nearby residents.

According to a Council spokesperson, the meeting was productive and the operators of Barrenjoey Swim School, Damian and Lucie Geyle (main image), have committed to preparing a revised operating model for the business to address noise and traffic concerns.

Given a written undertaking by Barrenjoey Swim School to provide Northern Beaches Council with a plan within two months to address concerns of resident amenity, Council has revoked the current order.

Ray Brownlee

Ray Brownlee

“We had a very productive meeting with the owners of Barrenjoey Swim School and we welcome their commitment to address concerns from fellow residents about traffic, noise and parking.

“We look forward to receiving their new operating model that will address these issues. It is a good outcome for the swim school, their students and the community,” said Mr Brownlee.

Image: Northern Beaches Advocate

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