Residents raise safety concerns over block
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.
Melinda Brackley (left) with other concerned residents on Ashby Terrace.