Residents continue fight to stop widening of Guildford Rd

Guildford Road.
Guildford Road.

RESIDENTS continued their fight against proposed Guildford Road widening this week, when deputations were made to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

Maylands, Bayswater and Mt Lawley residents raised concerns last year over a proposal by WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to widen the road up to 10m to make way for bus queue jumps, cycle lanes and a median strip, which would cut into verges, front yards and buildings.

Last month newly appointed Planning Minister Rita Saffioti announced the Government would “fast-track” the looming Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment from East Parade to Tonkin Highway.

Guildford Road to Ruin founder Graeme Reany made a deputation on behalf of a group of residents and said he told the panel more consultation needed to be carried out earlier.

“They wouldn’t even have proposed bike lanes or bus lanes in its current form,” he said.

He presented several profiles on businesses that would be impacted including Cafe and Pizzeria Amore Mio, Studio 281, Bayswater Mazda and Bayswater Car Rental.

Mr Reany said he was concerned the WAPC had not received all written submissions as some people had not received acknowledgement.

He said he was told 396 submissions had been received but the group had 450 submission downloads on website alone, separate to those available on through the Planning Department.

However, according to the Planning Department, information about hearings and invitations to give deputations are only provided to individuals or groups who include a request to make a deputation in their written submission.

Some 76 individuals and groups who provided a written submission and indicated they would like to make a deputation were invited to make a hearing and 27 of these invitations were accepted.

A Planning Department spokeswoman said following consideration of the 23 deputations made and all written submissions, it was expected the WAPC would consider a formal report at its next ordinary meeting on May 24 and shortly after make a recommendation to the Planning Minister.

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