Res­i­dents raise safety con­cerns over block

Eastern Reporter - - News -

VIVEASH res­i­dents say plans to build 29 houses on a va­cant block along Ashby Ter­race poses an un­ac­cept­able safety risk to lo­cals, mo­torists and school­child­ren, par­tic­u­larly in the event of an emer­gency.

Res­i­dent Ian Lud­low is among the 90 ob­jec­tors to the de­vel­op­ment, which pro­poses 12 drive­ways ex­it­ing on to Muriel Street, the sole en­try into the area.

“The ad­di­tion of 12 crossovers around a dou­ble bend with re­stricted sight lines cre­ates a sig­nif­i­cant risk both for the res­i­dents ac­cess­ing their houses on the outer edge of this de­vel­op­ment and the rest of the traf­fic trav­el­ling past the de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“This traf­fic in­cludes buses and other heavy ve­hi­cles.

“At peak school drop-off and pick-up times for La Salle Col­lege, the traf­fic is par­tic­u­larly heavy.

“Safety on the roads is of sig­nif­i­cant con­cern to the com­mu­nity, and this pro­posal falls far short of com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Long-time res­i­dent Melinda Brack­ley said the road net­work al­ready was in­ef­fec­tive in the event of an emer­gency.

“When there is an emer­gency on this sui­cide bend, even with­out the pro­posed drive­ways for this de­vel­op­ment, res­i­dents are stuck,” she said.

“There was a drug bust re­cently, ef­fec­tively block­ing res­i­dents from en­ter­ing and leav­ing the area.

“Imag­ine a meth lab ex­plo­sion, trees alight, s-bend blocked and the fam­i­lies of 400 homes un­able to evac­u­ate. It’s not good enough of­fi­cers sim­ply said there is no safety risk, as the site is not far from mul­ti­ple road con­nec­tions to ac­cess Great North­ern High­way.

“The prob­lem is how do they get to them?”

How­ever, City of Swan of­fi­cers said the ex­pected 1 per cent in­crease in daily ve­hi­cle move­ments and 2 per cent in­crease in move­ments at peak pe­ri­ods were well within the ca­pac­ity of the road net­work.

Mean­while Perth Air­port ob­jected to the de­vel­op­ment, say­ing the area would be sub­ject to 200 air­craft move­ments, on av­er­age each ex­ceed­ing 65 deci­bels. The Metro East Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel will de­cide on the de­vel­op­ment at Lot 62 Ashby Ter­race on Novem­ber 8.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d488048

Melinda Brack­ley (left) with other con­cerned res­i­dents on Ashby Ter­race.

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