Bedford landowners to pay $15,000 each to turn site into road

Bedford landowners to pay $15,000 each to turn site into road

TWO Bedford landowners will pay $15,000 each to turn an undeveloped site owned by the City of Bayswater into a road.

At a meeting held last week, council moved to request the Lands Minister dedicate lots 106 and 110 York Street, Bedford as a road.

They also confirmed that the owners of adjoining lots will pay $30,000 for the road including paving, draining and solar lighting.

The undeveloped 446sq m site was part of a larger property acquired by the City in 1951, originally earmarked for a road that was never established and then partially sold to an adjoining landowner.

In April last year, council supported in principle the dedication of the site as a road.

According to a City report, selling the land was not recommended because pipes present would prevent development on the majority of the site and would reduce its value from up to $450,000 to $225,000.

Surveys were sent to six landowners, with five in support and two willing to pay construction costs.

The landowners who did not support the proposal said they believed it would compromise their privacy, safety and security.

Cr Dan Bull said council was “handing over a road for free” if it agreed to the proposal.

Cr Alan Radford said they were not giving the residents the land, that the road could be used by everybody.

Cr Sally Palmer said the road was a continuation of Thomas St, “a collection of laneways turned into tidy streets”.