Phone tower put on hold

Altone Park.
Altone Park.

Crown Castle Australia approached the City of Swan to sub-lease 110sqm of land on Benara Road in Beechboro.

The reserve is jointly leased by the City of Swan and the City of Bayswater from the Department of Lands , Regional and Metropolitan Services.

A phone tower also owned by Crown Castle is located on Department of Education land on the southern side of Benara Road but the department has advised that the land will no longer be provided for the lease, which is due to expire this year.

Altone Park has a playground, car park and landscaping and a drainage lake.

For the lease to be approved, the Department of Lands and Planning must sign off on the application.

The City of Swan opted to defer the item until its next council meeting on February 12.

Crown Castle has offered to pay the council $25,000 a year to lease the site for the next 20 years.

It is understood Crown Castle intends to permit co-use of the mobile tower with other network providers.

The City would require assurances that this would not result in regular or increased activity that may have an adverse impact on the users of the park’s recreational facilities.

The council resolved to seek the Department of Land approval for a change of purpose and lease of a 110sqm portion of Altone Park Reserve.