Couc­nil re­jects laneway plan

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has re­fused to dis­pose of a right of way to car dealer John Hughes.

In Au­gust, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the car deal­er­ship re­quested the coun­cil close the laneway and dis­pose of it to the com­pany.

The laneway runs be­tween Teddington and Twickenham roads.

All of the units ad­join­ing the laneway are owned by John Hughes but coun­cil­lors re­jected the re­port sup­port­ing the re­quest at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing as some coun­cil­lors said he might not own them for­ever.

Be­fore the re­port was dis­cussed, Mayor Trevor Vaughan left the room be­cause John Hugh- es do­nated to his may­oral elec­tion cam­paign.

Coun­cil­lor Vince Maxwell said the re­port didn’t “feel right” and ques­tioned why the mayor put him­self in that po­si­tion.

Deputy Mayor Brian Oliver asked him to re­tract com­ments made about the mayor but he re­fused and kept talk­ing.

“I see no rea­son to take away the right from ev­ery­one just for one,” he said.

“They are in­di­vid­ual blocks … they might not al­ways be­long to one per­son.”

Coun­cil­lor Vicki Pot­ter said the area could be used for fu­ture high-rises and the laneway could prove use­ful.

The dis­puted laneway be­tween Teddington and Twickenham roads.

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