Shire seeks to de­mol­ish house

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Police Statistics - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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