Fencing and lighting to be installed at Roxy Lane Theatre

The back of the Maylands Autumn Centre. Pictures: Supplied.
The back of the Maylands Autumn Centre. Pictures: Supplied.

A FENCE and lighting are set to be installed at Roxy Lane Theatre in Maylands after a spike in anti-social behaviour.

The theatre, formally the Maylands Autumn Centre, is leased by ARENAarts from the City of Bayswater.

A motion was put forward as an urgent item at the June 11 council meeting, which requested chief executive Andrew Brien liaise with the tenants to arrange installation of appropriate fencing and lighting to mitigate unauthorised access to the leased site.

Councillors voted 10-1 for the motion, with Cr Giorgia Johnson voting against it.

The council proposed to install a fence along the footpath and boundary of the property in a bid to make it safe for residents, visitors and the tenants.

The fencing and lighting was expected to cost $15,000 and would be installed following the City’s consultation with ARENAarts.

It comes after the City received multiple requests for fencing and lighting from residents and the tenants.

Over the past month, several Ninth Avenue residents have contacted Community News about incidents involving a group of homeless people including trespass, public urination and defecation, noise disturbance, mail theft, violence, drugs, public fornication and threats to residents.

The group have been staying on the verge of the centre and several locations in Maylands.

Residents have made reports and complaints to the City’s rangers, councillors and Bayswater police.

Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt said the issue had been seasonal but it was escalating.

“They probably will go somewhere else,” she said.

“I completely feel for these people who are living on the street but it comes down to us needing to protect our community from unacceptable behaviour.

“We have an obligation to protect residents, visitors and more importantly the tenants.”