Forrestfield Airport Link: Bayswater Council to vote on removal of Whatley Crescent trees

Trees along at the Forrestfield Airport Link construction site along Whatley Crescent, Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim.
Trees along at the Forrestfield Airport Link construction site along Whatley Crescent, Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim.

BAYSWATER Council will make a call on the proposed removal of four trees on Whatley Crescent next week, as part of the Forrestfield Airport Link Project works.

The project involves the construction of a train line connecting Forrestfield to the city, which is expected to be completed in 2020.

The proposed removal of trees from the Whatley Crescent road reserve is part of the construction of a principal shared path east of the King William Street intersection.

Contractors Salini Impregilo – NRW Joint Venture plans to plant 72 replacement trees, including Agonis flexuosa, Callistemon Viminalis and eucalyptus trees.

According to an officer’s report, there are 82 street trees on the northern side of Whatley Crescent between King William Street and Newton Street.

The council voted 7-2 to defer its decision until Tuesday’s council meeting at the November 20 committee meeting.

This will allow contractors to investigate integrating bikes on the street and speak with Metronet about its Bayswater train station upgrade plans.

Cr Bull, who moved the deferral motion, said safety for cyclists and pedestrians on the proposed path needed to be better investigated.“We know that there are road calming devices already in this area and trees have already been planted so I suspect there would be some level of appetite from residents in relation to those changes,” he said.

“We have a precedent of slowing traffic down on the road to 30km/h to allow safe, active streets.”

Salini Impregilo interface manager Robin Orton, who addressed council, said the Public Transport Authority would be removing 10 trees on its land.

Mr Orton said the original design, formed in 2016, had 50 trees to be cleared before the number was reduced following two years of consultation with the City.

“Part of what we are doing is providing a new shared path along the verge of Whatley Crescent for all users of the community, not just cyclists,” he said.

“The works have already commenced on site, we have been constructing in and around and under the existing tree canopy that does exist there.

“The path is due to open next year.”