Controversial proposal to change Canning bus routes to be tabled on December 19

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THURSDAY’S meeting about the proposed bus route through Fleming Avenue and Civic Gardens has been cancelled because the City of Canning decided there wasn’t enough time to collate the community’s comments.

The Fleming Avenue Bus Route report will be tabled at the Ordinary Council meeting on December 19 instead.

Earlier this month, a Special Council Meeting on the topic was scheduled for November 23 but was cancelled on Friday after a community meeting held the night before.

The plan to re-route 200 buses a day through residential streets, involving the need to open two cul-de-sacs, to save three minutes travel time for commuters has proved controversial.

Residents fear a “rat race” and say the streets were originally closed off for environmental reasons to reduce pollution washing from the Wharf Street drain.

Under the plan, routes 72, 100 and 509 would bypass Albany Highway and Manning Road intersection by turning off at Richmond Street or Fleming Avenue and using Civic Gardens and Carden Drive.

Route 34 would continue to use Albany Highway.

The first public meeting of about 100 people was held September 26 and last week about 180 residents and ratepayers attended an information session run by the City of Canning.

The city said it allowed the new Canning Council to hear the views of the people before voting on the Public Transport Authority funded project.

During consultation, 71 issues were raised.

Following last week’s meeting, Canning Mayor Paul Ng said he was pleased to see so many community members engaged on this proposal.

A summary of community comments were recorded at last Thursday’s public meeting and will be included in the report to council in December.