Lane clo­sure query shut down

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.

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