City chided over forgotten street

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Your Favourite Things - By ROSANNA CANDLER

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.

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