City chided over forgotten street
ONGOING construction, poor street maintenance, unregulated parking, narrow pathways and inaction at Homebase has led Roydhouse Street resident Grant Johnston to believe he lives on “the street Subiaco forgot”.
Since moving to Roydhouse Street in 2011, Mr Johnston said the amenity and future prospects of the area had steadily declined.
“We are caught between a rock and a hard place,” the building developer said.
“Land along the southern perimeter (being developed as highdensity apartments) is controlled by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, while the street and Homebase are controlled and owned by the City of Subiaco.
“The City has taken only a cursory interest in the many issues facing the residents of Roydhouse Street. It seems this got too hard for them and we have been forgotten.”
Mr Johnston said he engaged the City to prepare a master plan for the future of the precinct more than a year ago.
“A few weeks ago, I again asked: ‘What is the big plan?’ and all I’m getting is deathly silence.”
Subiaco chief executive Ian Hill said the City was developing a streetscape concept design to improve the amenity of Roydhouse Street.
He said works should start in May, subject to community consultation, the impact on existing construction and funding to be considered by the council in April.
Mr Johnston said the City needed to reopen deadlocked 2010 discussions with Homebase for the redevelopment of the site, including an upgraded Bunnings.
Subiaco could not comment on the development of Homebase because it was an ongoing legal matter but Mr Hill said the City acknowledged the pressures on Roydhouse Street as the area transitioned from light industry to residential and mixed-use development.
“While frustrating, these issues are short-term,” he said.
Mr Johnston said there was a sense of urgency to take action as the City would soon be amalgamated with Cambridge.
“We are not anti-development; we simply want a commitment that this street, which will soon have thousands of residents, is going to get the benefits that the rest of Subiaco enjoys.”
Subiaco Councillor Mark Burns said the City had “absolutely no excuse” as to why the issues had not been fixed months ago.