Business, home owners band together to stop Guildford Road widening from taking their land

Business, home owners band together to stop Guildford Road widening from taking their land

SOME 70 people, made up of Guildford Road business and home owners, started the fight for their land last night, expressing fears over a proposed takeover of some verges, footpaths and front yards by the WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

The WAPC has proposed a Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment for Guildford Road from East Parade to Tonkin Highway to add bus queue jumps, cycle lanes, a median strip and minimum 4.1 verges.

According to draft plans, the road will be widened up to 10m, impacting 300 homes and 59 businesses in Maylands, Bayswater and Mt Lawley.

If it goes ahead, MG Shop, Rifo’s Café and Studio 281 are among buildings that may require partial demolition.

The emergency meeting was hosted by Guildford Road homeowner Graeme Reany, whose property could be encroached on by 6.3m through his existing footpath and verge, bringing the edge of the footpath to his window.

He said following the meeting, Mt Lawley Liberal MLA Michael Sutherland requested Mr Reany meet him today at the road to explain concerns.

However, Department of Planning Director General Gail McGowan today said the amendment would allow works to take place to improve the function and safety of the road.

“Guildford Road is a major arterial road connecting Perth’s east metropolitan region with the city and as the population grows it will become more heavily used,” she said.

“Any future works would more appropriately balance the requirements of public transport, pedestrians, cyclists and cars to create an efficient passage around the city.”

Ms McGowan said public consultation would be open until March 17 and encouraged people to have their say.

“There will be further opportunities to provide input at later stages including deputations,” she said.

She said a major MRS amendment generally took minimum 18 months from initial advertising to a decision being made.