In Maylands, Guildford Road Revival formed to counter road widening plans

Guildford Road resident Kate Thomson heads the new Guildford Road Revival group.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie    d472274
Guildford Road resident Kate Thomson heads the new Guildford Road Revival group. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472274

A NEW Maylands group aims to “revive” Guildford Road at its first community visioning workshop after members successfully campaigned a new State Government to scrap road widening plans.

Guildford Road Revival, formerly Guildford Road to Ruin, was formed in June following Planning Minister Rita Saffioti’s refusal of the Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment to widen the road by up to 10m.

Ms Saffioti asked Main Roads WA to plan more modest road improvements in the area which would not affect properties.

Guildford Road Revival chairwoman Kate Thomson, is running for the City of Bayswater South ward seat, which Councillor John Rifici will be retiring from in October.

Ms Thomson said she hoped to get about 80 people to the workshop with the goal of forming a “community vision statement”.

“I’d like to get more people engaged in something which is positive and get more people’s input into the further planning stages as well,” she said.

“We want to make it an actual asset… it is a terrible wall, people do not cross it and it just cuts the community in half.

“Even the town centre, it is so close to the river but you never know because it has got Guildford Road straight down in the middle of it.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said although there were no immediate upgrades planned, Main Roads was committed to engage with all stakeholders to ensure concerns were identified and considered in the planning and design of any future works along the road.

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said Guildford Road place activation activities include “opening up” the Old Maylands Hall with a redesign and fresh landscaping highlighting the presence of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.

The workshop will be held at the Old Peninsula Hotel on August 15.

Register at Guildford Road Revival’s Community Visioning Workshop Facebook event page.