Coun­cil to de­cide on street clo­sure

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

THE City of Ned­lands has de­fended its con­tin­u­ing pro­posal to close Sayer Street de­spite the Fed­eral Govern­ment re­fur­bish­ing and not rede­vel­op­ing the SAS’s Seaward Vil­lage ac­cessed by the street in Swan­bourne.

“With re­fur­bish­ing of the vil­lage there will still be a sig­nif­i­cant de­mand for con­struc­tion traf­fic and lo­cal res­i­dents don’t want this on Sayer Street,” Mayor Max Hip­kins said.

Sub­mis­sions closed last Mon­day and the coun­cil is analysing the 48 sub­mis­sions it re­ceived af­ter 10 days of public com­ment.

The coun­cil wants to re­turn the street to Class- A Re­serve af­ter a res­i­dents’ re­quest and op­po­si­tion to a now-can­celled De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia plan for civil­ian lots in the army vil­lage.

A com­mu­nity cam­paign caused Can­berra to in­stead de­cide to re­fur­bish the sol­diers’ 154 homes, in­clud­ing de­mol­ish­ing and re­plac­ing about 12 in very poor con­di­tion, po­ten­tially re­quir­ing build­ing trucks to use the route.

Mr Hip­kins said Seaward Vil­lage was re­quired to have an al­ter­na­tive exit for emer­gen­cies and Sayer Street would only be used for emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

Ac­cess would be re­stricted by locked gates or knock-down bol­lards.

He said A-Class land used by the street was in­tended to be part of ad­ja­cent Allen Park when the vil­lage was built, and the coun­cil was fol­low­ing through with the res­i­dents’ re­quest for it to be closed to avoid its use by con­struc­tion traf­fic.

A DHA spokes­woman said it did not send a sub­mis­sion be­cause it was now fo­cused on the vil­lage re­fur­bish­ment.

De­spite new bush fire pre­ven­tion laws, the WA Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices does not ob­ject to the coun­cil’s pro­posal and did not make a sub­mis­sion. De­fence force per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies also use Sayer Street, but the Depart­ment of De­fence did not re­ply be­fore dead­line.

Any clo­sure will be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil at next month's meet­ing.

Max Hip­kins.

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