City of Bayswater raises concerns about lot’s maintenance

The site of the old Cascades Tavern during demolition. Picture: Diacon Demolition, from the ‘Coles, why don't you care about Maylands?’ Facebook page
The site of the old Cascades Tavern during demolition. Picture: Diacon Demolition, from the ‘Coles, why don't you care about Maylands?’ Facebook page

CITY of Bayswater officers again have to contact the owners of a vacant site on Guildford Road overgrown with weeds to ensure the area is cleaned up.

The site, previously Cascades Tavern owned by John K. Watts, has been owned by Coles since 2008 and has sat vacant for nine years.

The council has asked Coles several times over the years to clean up the site.

With the vacant lot in the middle of the Maylands activity centre, residents are campaigning to have it tidied, with the possibility of temporary uses to attract community members, including a skate park.

Mayor Barry McKenna said there was no time period for Coles to develop the site and he welcomed a collaborative approach between the owner and residents to temporarily develop the site.

“With respect to the maintenance of the vacant lot, the City has previously liaised with the property owner’s representative and has co-operated in the past by undertaking clean-ups, installing additional perimeter fencing signage and also painting the wall at the rear of the property,” Cr McKenna said.

“Though there does not appear to be any dumped rubbish on the property, there is overgrown vegetation and some litter.

“The City will again raise these matters with the property owner’s representative and seek compliance.

“If the residents liaise with the landowner and receive their approval, the City is interested to see an application for a planning approval.”

Cr McKenna said Maylands had a unique character and the City wanted to ensure it was enhanced.

“The aim of the activity centre is to create a vibrant town centre with a mix of retail, office, entertainment and residential uses, while protecting and enhancing Maylands’ distinct sense of diversity, character and history,” he said.

Cr McKenna said the City had no plans to purchase the site.