Shire seeks to demolish house
PEPPERMINT Grove Council wants to demolish an incomplete house on Johnston Street.
“The envelope has been pushed and all there has been is an initial clean-up of weeds and nothing since,” Cr Greg Peters said at last month’s meeting.
The council alleges ownerbuilder Charles Malet has done no work on the house since an application for extensions and second storey was approved in 2008.
There have been four recent complaints about the site after the building licence expired and the council requested Mr Malet outline a schedule of works.
Council staff said their experience of buildings left unbuilt across Perth was “once a few years go by, (owners) never go back” to finish the project.
Councillors agreed to serve Mr Malet a notice that he would be ordered in a fortnight to demolish the house unless he responded or showed adequately that work would soon start.
They considered taking pos- session of the house as its demolition would be followed by the Shire’s eventual sale to recover costs but Cr Karen Farely said such discussion was premature.
The council also continues to seek a court decision on demolishing Pankaj and Radhika Oswals’ ‘Taj Mahal by the Swan’ mansion on Bay View Terrace.
The couple’s Sydney lawyers threatened legal action to stop the request. The council has placed signs costing $600 to warn trespassers after a recent spike in graffiti at the site.