Bassendean Oval: gates to be installed to keep ‘drug users and homeless’ out of toilet block

Bassendean Oval: gates to be installed to keep ‘drug users and homeless’ out of toilet block

“A STREAK” of drug users and homeless people has been using the Bassendean Oval toilet block, according Bassendean councillors and residents.

Swan Districts Football Club chief executive Tom Bottrell said because of this, gates for the toilet were being installed todaybut were not finished yet.

Councillor Renee McLennan and Bassendean resident Regan Grant both said there was alleged suspicious activity surrounding the toilets.

Cr McLennan said the activity began when the heritage gates at the corner of West and Old Perth roads were unlocked.

“Unfortunately with the increased ease of access there has also been an associated rise in antisocial behaviour, centred around the toilet block, including significant vandalism and reports of drug usage,” she said.

“It was determined that, in an effort to address these issues, the installation of gates on the toilet block is necessary, allowing it to be locked when required.

“Once this work has been completed the heritage gates to the oval should remain unlocked to allow people to freely access the grounds for recreation.”

Ms Grant (41), who lives behind the oval, said she noticed people frequent the toilet over the last eight weeks.

“Most afternoons when I get home from work and on the weekend, there is just a streak of young people heading in there,” she said.

“They are not super young, they have got skateboards and they all go into this one toilet and I do not dare to enter it.

“(They are going in there) to do things that they want to hide…there is no reason anyone needs to be there in the afternoon unless there is a game on, it is just not necessary.”

Mr Bottrell said a family of four resided in the toilets for about two weeks at the end of July.

“There was a family that appeared to have a couple of not really young kids but teenager-type age group,” he said.

“At one point, our staff brought some food over there and they were not in at that time.

“Via Rotary, we spoke to a church in Midland for accommodation and we have not heard or seen the family since.”