SPEED cushions at Anzac Terrace in Bassendean will be replaced after the roads are resurfaced next year, despite a push for new traffic calming options.
At a council meeting on November 22, Bassendean councillors were divided 3-3 on a motion to note the results of a survey and install new traffic management rubber cushions after resurfacing was completed.
Mayor John Gangell used his casting vote to pass the officer’s recommendation to replace the speed cushions.
According to an officer’s report, Anzac Terrace (from Iolanthe Street to Lord Street) was set for resurfacing in the 2016-17 financial year, which would mean the four existing speed cushions needed to be removed.
The report compared the cost, advantages and disadvantages between speed cushions, speed humps, blister islands, a single lane slow point and a double lane slow point.
Speed cushions were the cheapest option at $15,000, with less or equal disadvantages than the other options.
A residents’ survey showed 60 per cent of respondents believed the current cushions were successful, 37 per cent disagreed and 3 per cent were unsure.
Meanwhile, 71 per cent of respondents were in favour of re-installing new calming devices in the same locations after the resurfacing.
Councillor Paul Bridges said the community asked for new calming devices and the motion should be amended.
Cr Bob Brown said the cushions did not work, as large vehicles would drive right over them.
Cr Gerry Pule said he was satisfied that people were happy with the speed cushions.
“Prior to this, the areas had a lot of hooning… I would like to suggest we endorse the cushions and a further report into the double lane 5km point and it can be reconsidered in 10 years,” he said.
Operational services director Simon Stewart-Dawkins said the life of the cushions was about 15-20 years.
Mr Stewart-Dawkins said Anzac Terrace would be resurfaced in January so there was not enough time to conduct another survey.