Win for res­i­dents to keep roads open

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CLARE­MONT res­i­dents have suc­cess­fully ar­gued to keep open Cliff Way and Brae Road near Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege and Christ Church Gram­mar School.

Coun­cil­lors were con­sid­er­ing the part clo­sure to in­crease safety for stu­dents, res­i­dents and mo­torists.

“As far as I’m con­cerned Cliff Way is the same as ev­ery other street in Clare­mont, and no more dan­ger­ous than those streets,” Brae Street res­i­dent John O’Hern said at the coun­cil meet­ing last week.

The Coun­cil had pro­posed the streets’ per­ma­nent clo­sure so a sec­ond pub­lic com­ment and plan­ning pe­ri­ods would not be needed if an ini­tial six-month trial was suc­cess­ful.

But Cliff Road res­i­dent Van­dra Lee said buy­ing a house next to the schools and not ex­pect­ing con­ges­tion twice a day was like “buy­ing land next to an air­port and then com­plain­ing about air­craft noise”. She said there could be a speed limit dur­ing school hours.

Mayor Jock Barker said the coun­cil had dis­cussed the prospect of a re­stric­tion with Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett, be­fore coun­cil­lor voted unan­i­mously not to par­tially close the roads.

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