Ron and Irene Sullivan moved to Greendale for the peace and quiet.
Twenty-four years ago the Sullivans bought the heritage-listed St Mark’s Church on Greendale Rd.
The rural setting was the perfect place for Mr Sullivan to indulge his love of organ music.
“I spent four years building a large pipe organ,” he said. “I needed a music dwelling and the tranquillity of the church and the Greendale area was perfect.”
But Mr Sullivan fears this tranquillity is about to be shattered with the approval of a crematorium on his neighbouring property. It will surround his property on three sides.
“We are now very concerned that the noise of construction and operation of the crematorium complex will disturb us considerably,” he said. “Cars will motor by 24/7 and park not far behind our back fence.”
His daughter Jane said the family could kiss their privacy goodbye. There are direct lines of sight from the crematorium site to the rear of the church where the family’s main recreational area is.
“We all love to sit on the balcony under the sun umbrella and enjoy ourselves. We don’t want people gazing at us,” she said.
The council’s joint regional planning panel ruled the applicant should plant a screen of trees for privacy concerns but Mr Sullivan said this was “totally inadequate”.