Survey ma­nip­u­la­tive: Res­i­dents

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By EMILY BAKER

RES­I­DENTS have cr­ti­cised a “ma­nip­u­la­tive” hous­ing survey sent out by the Town of Cam­bridge, re­quest­ing feed­back on pro­posed changes to the Town’s plan­ning scheme in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of maisonette style hous­ing.

De­spite more than 50 per cent of re­spon­dents to the survey op­pos­ing the idea, the coun­cil ap­proved a fur­ther progress re­port into the hous­ing op­tion at last week’s meet­ing that would al­low 2-4 apart­ments to be built on one block in City Beach and Floreat, sub­ject to coun­cil ap­proval.

De­nis Wills, of Floreat, blasted the coun­cil for brush­ing off the survey re­sults.

“For me, the survey was slightly un­bal­anced and ma­nip­u­la­tive with the sim­plest ques­tion not asked – do you support, op­pose or have no opin­ion on maisonettes,” Mr Wills said.

“Nev­er­the­less, the re­sults have come back with the majority of ratepay­ers against the idea.

“My is­sue is that the coun­cil have ig­nored the re­sults and are just try­ing to rail­road this through.”

Mayor Si­mon Withers re­futes the claim say­ing the elec­torate’s mi­nor­ity should be equally ac­com­mo­dated and that the changes would pro­vide ad­di­tional hous­ing op­tions par­tic­u­larly for older res­i­dents.

“The first one (survey) we just con­sulted on the idea, now we are go­ing to go into more de­tail,” Mr Withers said.

“I think we need to go in with an open mind – the word maisonette con­jures up the worst im­age. It’s not about swamp­ing City Beach and Floreat. It’s about in­creas­ing the types of hous­ing choices peo­ple have ac­cess to.”

Ja­son Eftos, of City Beach, said ac­cord­ing to the survey re­sults the majority of those in favour of the op­tion were in­vestors not res­i­dents.

“At the end of the day I’ve lived in City Beach for most of my life and I am cur­rently build­ing in Floreat – peo­ple pay a pre­mium to live in a gar­den sub­urb that is not sub­di­vid­able,” he said.

“They say de­vel­op­ers will come in to give older peo­ple an op­tion but a unit with stairs is just not a re­al­is­tic op­tion for them.”

The pro­posed changes will go to the pub­lic for fur­ther con­so­la­tion in the next three to four months.

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