A Ballajura resident has described the City of Swan’s solution to a dangerous intersection that accesses a shopping centre as a “half-hearted gesture”.
The City addressed concerns about a pedestrian danger spot at the corner of Redgum Drive and Parkview Drive after a petition of 23 signatures called for it to install infrastructure to provide safe pedestrian access to the Ballajura Market Place shopping centre and the nearby bus stop on Illawarra Crescent North.
Chief executive Mike Foley said the intersection was the subject of a report in October and council determined to lay a footpath subject to a connecting footpath being constructed on private land near the shopping centre.
He said private landowners would be consulted and the petition organiser would be advised.
Resident and petitioner Peter Dunne said he was concerned that the proposed solution would create an inconvenient detour for some pedestrians.
Mr Foley said he was aware of Mr Dunne’s concerns.
“The City met with the petition organiser and other concerned residents who advised that their preferred pedestrian route into the shopping centre involves using the footpath on the southern verge of Redgum Drive, crossing Redgum at the intersection with Parkview Drive, and accessing the shopping centre car park on the eastern side of the road,” he said.
“This is the concept design that has been drawn up.
“The City has received feedback from a couple who attended and were happy with the proposal.
“We are also aware that the petition organiser would prefer a new pedestrian refuge island directly at the intersection.
“However, this would require widening the road at that point to accommodate a new island. As there is an existing island located just to the east of this location, it is felt that this is the most appropriate place for such a crossing.”