Join the Submission Against the Tattoo Parlour at 31 Cobham Ave

Once again we have developers using the courts, to push an ill-placed Tattoo Parlour in quiet Cobham Avenue Melrose Park. This is the third time the applicant is seeking approval.

Please add your name below to my submission to the Land and Environment Court against the proposal. The matter, LS2019/22 – Tattoo Parlour at Melrose Park is set down for hearing on Monday 20th July 2020. 

Let's not forget that this was recommended for refusal by Council Staff, and also refused by the Ryde Planning Panel. Unsurprisingly, under the State Government's planning laws, developers always get another chance.

Your added name will help bolster my submission to be delivered to the court. Please share widely.



Dear Commissioner,

Application for Tattoo Parlour – 31 Cobham Ave Melrose Park

The application for a tattoo parlour at the above site is incompatible with the intent of the zoning in place.

The subject site is zoned B1 Neighbourhood Centre. The intent of the neighbourhood centre zoning is to provide a range of small-scale retail business and community uses that serve the needs to the people who live within the immediate surrounding neighbourhood as well as to encourage employment opportunities in accessible locations.

A Tattoo Parlour is contrary to the intent of the zoning. A tattoo parlour does not serve the needs of the people in the surrounding low density residential zoning. Uses such as corner shops, bakeries, butchers, chemist or accountants would be more appropriate as these uses provide a direct and ongoing service to the community.

A use such as a tattoo parlour, would be more appropriate in the nearby West Ryde town centre only a few kilometres away.

There is strong community opposition to this proposal. During the notification period, Council received 55 submissions. 49 of these objected to the development. The number of submissions opposing the development is representative of the tattoo parlour being an inappropriate use in this zoning and locality.

Due to the nature of the business, this proposed development is likely to attract clientele from a much broader area than the immediate locality and most clientele are likely to drive to the premises. While the development provides for two parking spaces, this will not cater for any clientele parking.  This will result in demand for on street parking.

In summary, this application should be refused. It is inconsistent with the zone objectives and is contrary to the public interest.


Yours faithfully

Jerome Laxale 

3rd July 2020

Who's signing

harold Brooks
Terry Cook
Marjorie Luczynski
Julie Lewis
Michael Magee
Penelope Gilchrist
Allison Brownlee
Lisa Fiene
Marion Daly
Joanne Magner
Dolores Bragg
Jennifer Small
Steph Tasiovasilis
Glenn Slender
Mel El Khoury
Sally Roche
Colin Waring
Kathleen Boyd
John Hanley
lucy addario
Darcy Hourd
Glenys Brown
Vince Cusumano
Helmut Metzmacher
Gerry Manderson
patrick de vos
Lynette Cowgill
Jennie Boyden
163 signatures

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Showing 94 reactions

  • harold Brooks
    signed 2020-07-09 14:35:38 +1000
    This (Tattoo) business is not really suitable for this locality, there is already a Tattoo Parlor on Victoria Rd at West Ryde, and I can’t see the need for another in the quiet back streets of suburban Melrose Park.

    I’m not sure of the clientele frequenting these types of business either, there are a lot of Tattoo Parlors owned by Motor Bike Clubs who deal in drugs and violence and we wouldn’t want that here. I would agree with a little Cafe or a small business for community needs So please take into account my points raised, NO to this venture.
  • Terry Cook
    signed 2020-07-09 14:27:56 +1000
    This development is totally inappropriate for the area and in particular the shopping centre.
  • Marjorie Luczynski
    signed 2020-07-09 13:45:59 +1000
    I can’t see any benefits a commercial venture like this would bring to this family orientated suburb. Knowing the type of clientele a tattoo parlour could attract I vote a big NO.
  • Julie Lewis
    signed 2020-07-09 13:35:54 +1000
  • Michael Magee
    signed 2020-07-09 12:05:47 +1000
  • Marg M
    followed this page 2020-07-09 10:33:52 +1000
  • Penelope Gilchrist
    signed via 2020-07-09 09:24:16 +1000
    Totally inappropriate to be amongst residential, family homes – lots of young children and just around the corner from Melrose Park Primary school
  • Allison Brownlee
    signed 2020-07-09 08:54:08 +1000
  • Lisa Fiene
    signed via 2020-07-09 07:15:36 +1000
    This is not the kind of business to put in a quiet residential area. There are young families in this street.
  • Marion Daly
    signed 2020-07-09 05:42:16 +1000
  • Lauren Campbell
    followed this page 2020-07-08 22:59:21 +1000
  • Joanne Magner
    signed 2020-07-08 22:53:15 +1000
    This is so out of place for a suburban street? Why would you allow this?
  • Dolores Bragg
    signed 2020-07-08 22:46:47 +1000
    This residential street it’s no place for a tattoo parlour with many children living in the area, a school close by and public sporting fields
  • Jennifer Small
    signed 2020-07-08 22:24:26 +1000
    Our family home is metres from the proposed tattoo parlour in Cobham Avenue. This business is not promoting employment opportunities for local people and we have already had an incident where a client from the tattoo parlour parked across our driveway for over five hours. The local residents do not need or require this sort of business in Melrose Park.
  • Steph Tasiovasilis
    signed 2020-07-08 22:16:13 +1000
  • Glenn Slender
    signed 2020-07-08 21:49:56 +1000
    Put this on Victoria Road, not in a quiet residential area.
  • Mel El Khoury
    signed 2020-07-08 21:47:12 +1000
  • Sally Roche
    signed 2020-07-08 20:35:44 +1000
    Our family of 6 live diagonally opposite the location of the proposed tattoo parlour. This development is not in keeping with the neighbourhood and surrounding businesses.

    It is already hard to find street parking due to the current businesses which are all only in operation during office hours. Clients of tattoo parlours visit these venues for extended periods of time and often outside of normal business hours. Parking will be impossible if this development is to go ahead, bringing non local people into our quiet family neighbourhood.
  • Colin Waring
    signed 2020-07-08 20:18:57 +1000
  • Kathleen Boyd
    signed via 2020-07-08 20:07:08 +1000
    This is absolutely wrong. This business is in residential area.
  • John Hanley
    signed 2020-07-08 19:51:52 +1000
  • lucy addario
    signed 2020-07-08 19:01:00 +1000
  • Darcy Hourd
    signed 2020-07-08 18:15:31 +1000
    Completely inappropriate for the area with a primary school nearby, close to the park, young families and elderly couples wishing to have peace and quiet. A business of this sort attracts clientele at all hours bringing more traffic, parking issues, and increasing the level of anxiety for residents.
  • Glenys Brown
    signed 2020-07-08 17:16:29 +1000
    Totally inappropriate proposal. Quiet family suburban area, within a short walk to a primary school. Adds no value to this community.
  • Vince Cusumano
    signed 2020-07-08 17:05:12 +1000
    A tattoo parlour is not the sort of business to be located at this site. Apart from the traffic and parking issues, this type of activity at other locations in Sydney attracted illegal activities. There are ample commercial and industrial zoned sites within the City of Ryde which are better suited for a tattoo parlour. Sleepy suburban Melrose Park isn’t one of them
  • Helmut Metzmacher
    signed 2020-07-08 17:01:10 +1000
  • Gerry Manderson
    signed 2020-07-08 16:46:05 +1000
    Tattoo parlours should be treated the same as brothels, with similar restrictions on locations. Local community shops, like this one in Melrose Park, should be retained for convenience household shopping.
  • patrick de vos
    signed 2020-07-08 16:36:53 +1000
  • Lynette Cowgill
    signed 2020-07-08 16:35:56 +1000
    Melrose Park is a very quiet totally residential area, consisting of older couples and many families with young children, with a primary school around the corner from the proposed tattoo parlour. The children from the school walk right past the proposed tattoo parlour on their way to Meadowbank Park to play sport – a really unsuitable retail space for children to see.

    I see no need to have a business of this nature in a residential area – I would imagine none of the local residents would be clients of this business.
  • Jennie Boyden
    signed 2020-07-08 16:09:57 +1000
    Totally against having a tattoo parlour 40 metres from my home where I’ve lived for 32 years.