Lane closure query shut down
A FAMILY with adjoining homes has failed to convince Cottesloe Council to close off and sell them part of a John Street back lane near the beach.
At last month’s meeting, Adrian Finney said he, his wife and mother owned three homes near a section of the lane that would not be used by cars after a proposed development.
Mr Finney said the 2.4m-wide, 40m-long section had been used by thieves during at least three crimes at homes in the area recently and he wanted the council to ask other residents what they thought of the proposed closure.
He hired TPG town planner David Caddy to organise the work after Mr Caddy arranged similar lane closures in Claremont.
But Cottesloe councillors were not convinced and agreed with a staff report that listed 11 criticisms of Mr Finney’s proposal including that closing the section could affect other residents who only had the lane to get to their garages.
The report said there was no evidence in Mr Finney’s request about criminals using the lane, no estimated purchase price and no plan about how selling the section, which was one of two northsouth ‘spurs’ from the east-west lane, would affect foot and bike traffic. Chief executive Carl Askew said Mr Finney could make another request with more information.