Police station’s radio tower green-ticked
A new 20m tower that almost doubles the height of an existing radio mast at Derby Police Station has been given the nod — despite receiving mixed signals from the public.
Shire of Derby/West Kimberley councillors have approved an application from WA Police to replace one of two existing 11m high lattice towers with a “monopole” containing new and existing communication antennae fitted at various heights.
The new structure would be built behind buildings that form the police complex, including Derby Magistrate’s Court.
An agenda report to councillors said while the existing buildings would screen the base and bottom half of the pole, it would be visible from the street and surrounding residential properties.
The proposal was advertised for 14 days from February 27 until March 12.
One person said the pole’s location would be visually intrusive and have a “detrimental effect on the residential amenity enjoyed by neighbouring properties”.
“It is accepted and acknowledged that the pole would be visible from those adjoining properties at the rear of the police complex and also from Loch Street and Villiers Street,” the agenda report stated.
However it said the new tower was consistent with the “established amenity” of the location and its installation would not introduce a structure that would substantially alter the area.
“The subsequent operation of the tower is unlikely to be the source of any noise or nuisance to surrounding owners,” the report read.
Shire officers said the relatively narrow profile of the tower and minimal communications antennae would be unlikely to create any significant amenity issues arising from bulk or overshadowing that “would negatively impact upon or preclude the quiet enjoyment of adjoining property areas”.
The new communications tower was described in the report as having a slimline construction compared to the bulky lattice-type structure it was replacing.
The application was given the allclear by the State Heritage Office because the heritage-listed old Derby police jail was part of the same complex.
The subsequent operation of the tower is unlikely to be the source of any noise or nuisance to surrounding owners. Report to councillors