Win for residents to keep roads open
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.