SIN BIN NEW DEVELOPMENTS
THE City of Joondalup's enthusiasm for enlarging its rate base is starting to have consequences in terms of rubbish collection.
In our cul-de-sac in Kallaroo, multiple redevelopments have resulted in six driveways feeding into the top 20 metres of the street.
Furthermore, the City of Joondalup CEO Garry Hunt has advised (in writing) that a further two blocks in the same immediate circle are identified as suitable for re-development. If that plan goes ahead the number of driveways would increase to eight – in just 20 metres at the top of the cul-de-sac!
Imagine the problem on bin day, particular when it is recycling day! There is just not enough space for two wheelie bins placed side by side, shoulder to shoulder outside each property around the top of the street.
Because there is so little space for them, they are now saying that it's OK for households to put them on the next door neighbour's verge if they can't fit onto their individual truncated frontages.
They are even proposing building ugly concrete bin pads on neighbours' verges.
Local authorities have always encouraged homeowners to beautify and maintain the verge area with lawns and gardens. An ugly concrete stab hardly achieves that objective and acts as a disincentive.
The planning laws that work in favour of the local authority by creating an extra revenue flow have consequences normally only experienced in the old, inner-city areas that were planned and designed in the 1900s.
The State planning laws need to be reviewed. DON ODGERS, Kallaroo.