Presenting a deputation at last Tuesday night’s meeting, Mr Hyde said he, as the owner of four businesses from 77 to 83 Old Perth Road, was prepared to pay up to more than $51,000 in order to clean up the streetscape ” if the council would pay to fix the drainage problem.
Mr Hyde said he had inherited the businesses from his father and was aware of previous attempts to pave the problematic grassed area, which was poorly maintained and putting customers at risk of an accident.
Because it was an ongoing issue, he wanted to get things moving and was happy to ‘pay up’ in order to keep up with current developments, including the redevelopment of the shopping centre and the relocation of the war memorial.
Councillors agreed at Tuesday’s meeting to consider allocating funds in the 2013-14 draft budget for the drainage works needed at 73 to 83 Old Perth Road and to allow Mr Hyde to pave the area in accordance with the Town’s specifications once the drainage works were completed.
Mayor John Gangell said Mr Hyde’s initiative ‘truly represented how fantastic the Bassendean community is, with everybody working |together to ensure Bassendean continues to move forward’.
‘It is great to see in Mr Hyde a property owner who wants to contribute directly to the vitality of our town and to ensure business in his buildings can grow, flourish and prosper,’ Cr Gangell said.
‘On behalf of the Town, I would like to thank Mr Hyde for being such a proactive property owner.
‘Council is committed to ensuring we have the most vibrant town centre possible and will consider funding for the drainage works required in the 2013-14 budget.’
The council has previously considered allocating funds for the paving in two previous budgets but on both occasions funds were not forthcoming.
More recently, officers have received requests from the proprietors of Hedgehogs Cafe, the Old Trout and Bassendean Pet Food Supplies to pave the area in front of the shops.
Officers met the shop owners on a couple of occasions and are supportive of the requests, in principle.
But the area is subject to periodic flooding due to the inadequacy of the Town’s drainage system and before the petition was received, officers from its asset services were investigating alterations to the drainage infrastructure to resolve problems prior to paving.
Asset services staff are also doing preliminary design work for the area to be paved to assist the proprietors of the businesses.