Elec­tric fence sparks de­bate

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

A BUN­BURY car deal­er­ship’s ap­pli­ca­tion for an elec­tric fence around its prop­erty is ex­pected to again spark de­bate next week.

Bun­bury City Coun­cil will be rec­om­mended to refuse Bun­bury Honda and Kia’s ap­pli­ca­tion for the se­cu­rity mea­sure for a sec­ond time, de­spite vot­ing to re­con­sider the pro­posal in June.

The deal­er­ship was ear­lier this year forced to look at its op­tions for an elec­tric fence after its own­ers claimed thou­sands of dol­lars in dam­age had been caused by van­dals.

Coun­cil staff pre­vi­ously ad­vised the coun­cil to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause of the po­ten­tial neg­a­tive vis­ual af­fect on the per­cep­tions of safety in Bun­bury.

But the coun­cil voted down the rec­om­men­da­tion and staff were sent back to the draw­ing board to ne­go­ti­ate with the deal­er­ship.

De­spite ne­go­ti­a­tions, a sim­i­lar rec­om­men­da­tion is ex­pected to be put to the coun­cil next week but an al­ter­nate op­tion is also on the cards.

Dur­ing a brief­ing ses­sion on Tues­day, the coun­cil was told the deal­er­ship was happy with the al­ter­nate rec­om­men­da­tion which ap­proves the elec­tric fence but with sev­eral con­di­tions in­clud­ing a re­vised land­scape plan to “soften” the vis­ual im­pact.

In a let­ter to the coun­cil, U R Safe man­ager Jeff Rod­well, the in­staller of the fence, said a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing a one me­tre wide gar­den bed meant there would be no vis­ual im­pact.

“Dam­aged cars with smashed wind­screens I feel has more of a vis­ual im­pact on the city of Bun­bury, than eight plain wires on top of a fence,” Mr Rod­well said.

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