Spa is­sue ran­kles res­i­dent

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Joel Kelly

A BEL­MONT pen­sioner says his ten­ancy is in jeop­ardy af­ter the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity iden­ti­fied a spa and shel­ter he had in­stalled nearly 20 years ago was non-com­pli­ant.

Eric Reed has lived at his Bel­lis Place prop­erty since 1990 and had the spa in­stalled in 1999 as a ther­a­peu­tic aid for his now de­ceased daugh­ter, who had spina bi­fida.

At the time, he also had a lean-to shel­ter built over the spa, which Hous­ing Au­thor­ity has also re­quested com­ply with lo­cal reg­u­la­tions within six weeks.

Mr Reed was a sin­gle par­ent and carer for his daugh­ter un­til she died in 2008.

He said at 73 years old, he had nei­ther the money nor the ca­pac­ity to com­ply with the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity’s re­quest to re­view the per­mis­sions granted in 1999.

“Many years ago there was none of th­ese new rules and all of a sud­den, 20 years later, there’s some new kid on the block giv­ing me ha­rass­ment,” he said.

“The spa is safely en­closed by the cover and walls and does not de­stroy the struc­tural in­tegrity of the house.”

To keep the spa, Mr Reed said he needed to seek per­mits and have his prop­erty sur­veyed so it com­plied with mod­ern leg­is­la­tion for pools or spas above 300mm.

“When I wanted a spa for my young­ster with spina bi­fida, I had to then lis­ten to the peo­ple that in­stalled the spa and they put an ap­pli­ca­tion in for a per­mit,” he said.

“There’s been that many deaths with pools around the state it’s not funny, but I com­plied with my own com­mon sense and the peo­ple who in­stalled it all those years ago.

“I never thought 20-odd years ago, when I in­stalled the spa for my daugh­ter, that I’d be go­ing through this.”

Hous­ing Au­thor­ity said an in­spec­tion in June last year found the struc­ture around the spa had been built with­out their ap­proval or City of Bel­mont ap­proval.

In­spec­tors vis­ited Mr Reed’s prop­erty on Fe­bru­ary 16 and again on Fe­bru­ary 22 telling him to com­ply, then sent him a let­ter on Fe­bru­ary 25 ad­vis­ing he had six weeks to com­ply with the di­rec­tion to re­move the non-com­pli­ant struc­ture or ap­ply for cor­rect per­mits.

Hous­ing Au­thor­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery man­ager Greg Cash said the mod­i­fi­ca­tions were clearly not com­pli­ant and could not re­main as they were.

“The Hous­ing Au­thor­ity is not ex­empt from any na­tional, state or lo­cal govern­ment build­ing codes, nor does it seek ex­emp­tions for in­di­vid­ual cases,” he said.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d450774

Eric Reed has been told his spa and shel­ter are non-com­pli­ant by the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity.

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