East Cannington: footpath safety plea

Desmond Bowers believes the lack of a footpath on Noyce Way in East Cannington is an accident waiting to happen.
Desmond Bowers believes the lack of a footpath on Noyce Way in East Cannington is an accident waiting to happen.

A FOOTPATH is urgently needed on an East Cannington street near a primary school, says local retired union representative Desmond Bowers.

Mr Bowers (69) has been campaigning for the City of Canning to build a footpath on Noyce Way for six months.

He said the road was close to Gibbs Street Primary School and a childcare centre, and children walked along both Noyce Way and nearby Russell Street when coming and going from the school.

Mr Bowers, who has lived in East Cannington for 14 years, is frustrated by the City.

“The street was named after a soldier killed in World War I. It was meant to be an honour for him but it is dishonour because at the moment he is in France with a white cross on his grave and it is only a matter of time before we have a white cross down this street,” he said.

Mr Bowers also wants speed signs installed to assist in slowing vehicles.

“I have two grandchildren and they walk down here. When they are walking down the street or on a bicycle and a truck comes around the corner fast, you have to jump out of the way,” he said.

“Mums with kids and people in wheelchairs come down here. There is no access, they have to use the road.”

He said cars parked on the verge and pedestrians were forced to walk on the road or walk through people’s gardens.

“On Monday morning, when the bins are out, it is really dangerous and now that winter is coming it is going to be even more dangerous,” he said.

Mr Bowers, who worked as a safety representative for several organisations, said he was focused on health and safety issues. Since moving to East Cannington he has successfully campaigned for the installation of safety guards at a local playground and the removal of asbestos fences on homes surrounding three parks.

A City of Canning spokes-man said it prioritised requests for footpaths based on factors including potential usage, traffic volumes, school routes, bus routes, road geometry and frontages to facilities with high pedestrian activity.

“In comparison to other path sections on the City’s forward plans, Noyce Way carries a relatively low traffic volume. The established path on Gerard Street provides a more convenient connection to the school,” the spokesman said.

He said the location of school zones were determined by Main Roads in accordance with specific criteria that Noyce Way did not meet. He said Noyce Way had an unposted speed limit of 50km/h.

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