City of Vincent unlikely to install disability ramp at Oxford Street Reserve

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THE City of Vincent is unlikely to install a $30,000 accessible ramp at Oxford Street Reserve.

The matter will be considered at tonight’s council meeting , but the recommendation to councillors is that they reject it.

The City had included $18,000 in the 2015-16 capital works budget to design and construct an accessible ramp to the grassed area of the reserve but two quotes sought priced it at more than $12,000 above budget.

The recommendation also found installation of a ramp would remove about 25 per cent of the grass area, which was considered a “significant” loss of amenity and a “visual scar” on the park.

The Oxford Street Reserve project plan was progressed through the Leederville Town Centre Working group and developed in conjunction with landscape architects, Blackwell and Associates.

Works were completed in August 2014, with accessible paths and recreational spaces, kerb ramps and an accessible raised seating area adjacent to an existing cafe included in the final design.

Since the opening of the park, there has only been one event where access to one of the raised grassed areas was required and the event organisers arranged for a portable ramp to be installed for the event.