Own­ers told to re­move gate

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

A CON­TENTIOUS gate block­ing a laneway off Lil­lian Street is open but has not been re­moved by res­i­dents – a month af­ter Cottes­loe Coun­cil agreed to get rid of it.

“Town of Cottes­loe staff are now work­ing with the res­i­dents to en­sure com­pli­ance with that no­tice as soon as it is prac­ti­ca­ble,” a coun­cil spokes­woman said.

At last month’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed to can­cel the gate’s li­cence and tell the own­ers of 21 Lil­lian Street to re­move the struc­ture, which neigh­bours claimed blocked ac­cess to cul-de-sac Right of Way (ROW) 64.

Af­ter the meet­ing, chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said the own­ers would be given an ini­tial 14 days to con­form, with po­ten­tially an­other 14 days no­tice. But the coun­cil did not re­ply when asked if a sec­ond let­ter had to been sent.

A neigh­bour has also claimed the 1997 Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act re­quired the coun­cil to get State Gov­ern­ment ap­proval for the li­cence be­cause ROW 64 was Crown Land.

The coun­cil spokes­woman said ROW 64 was con­trolled and man­aged by the coun­cil.

Trees, fences and a re­tain­ing wall also ap­pear to have been built over many years in the south­ern sec­tion of ROW 64 – be­yond the part used by the Lil­lian Street res­i­dents.

The spokes­woman said all Cottes­loe ROWS would now be re­viewed, but only “mi­nor” en­croach­ments were ex­pected to be found.

The gate has been opened but not yet re­moved.

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