Own­ers off the her­itage-list hook

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By GIOVANNI TORRE

CLARE­MONT Coun­cil voted last week to re­move three prop­er­ties from the Town’s her­itage list, much to the re­lief of the own­ers who were in the pub­lic gallery.

Ge­orge Pi­nakis. of Ham­mond Street. asked “which of you (coun­cil­lors) would like to have their prop­erty her­itage listed in­side and out?”.

Mr Pi­nakis said half of the land area of his prop­erty was cur­rently un­us­able and the in­ter­nal preser­va­tion re­quire­ments were so oner­ous that he asked “will we have to ap­ply for a small bar li­cense so we can get some of our money back?”.

The coun­cil noted that Mr Pi­nakis’ prop­erty was the only one in its street that was not built in the past decade or so and it had lit­tle ap­par­ent his­toric sig­nif­i­cance in it­self.

Sarah Vaughan, of Wal­ter Street, said she and her hus­band were not made aware that the prop­erty was be­ing con­sid­ered for her­itage list­ing un­til long af­ter they pur­chased it.

Cr Chris Mews said that while Ms Vaughan’s prop­erty was post-war, the rest of the homes in her street were Fed­er­a­tion era and as such her prop­erty was al­ready out of step with the area.

Cr Bruce Haynes said re­clas­si­fy­ing the prop­er­ties with a cat­e­gory C her­itage list­ing was a bet­ter op­tion than re­moval, as it would not pre­vent re­de­vel­op­ment but would give the Town some in­put in the event of a ren­o­va­tion or even de­mo­li­tion.

The coun­cil ul­ti­mately voted to re­move the two prop­er­ties, along with a prop­erty on Serve­tus Street, with Mayor Jock Barker us­ing his cast­ing vote to break the dead­lock.

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