Council to decide on street closure
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.