Po­lice sta­tion’s ra­dio tower green-ticked

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

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

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