Heritage ‘under threat’

Permission has been given to demolish 68 and 70 Guildford Road. d414765
Permission has been given to demolish 68 and 70 Guildford Road. d414765

A demolition order for the buildings at 68 and 70 Guildford Road, Mt Lawley has been approved by the City.

However, Mayor Sylvan Albert said the properties were not heritage listed and rejected Mr Wooldridge’s claims.

Mr Wooldridge said the approval showed the City did not protect heritage to the same extent as the City of Stirling.

‘Bayswater has been very vocal of late in defending its heritage protection credentials,’ he said. ‘The demolition application over these heritage properties has been a test of the substance of these policies, for which Bayswater has clearly failed.’

But Mr Albert said the City had more than 200 sites on its heritage register and Mr Wooldridge’s assertion had ‘no substance’.

‘This section of Guildford Road does not have an intact character streetscape, rather, it is an eclectic mix of development types and ages,’ he said. ‘As with all sites, the owners are able to develop within the statutory provisions, and the City would require that any new development on the properties would have to be sympathetic to the broader character of Mt Lawley.’

Mr Albert said no development application had been received for the site, which was owned by the Salvation Army.

The Mt Lawley Society is fighting for the City of Stirling to retain Mt Lawley, Menora and Inglewood, contrary to State Government plans for Inglewood to move to a Greater Morley council.

‘In Stirling, all buildings (commercial and residential) built before 1960 have effective and strong heritage protection in the Heritage Protection Areas of Inglewood, Menora and Mt Lawley,’ Mr Wooldridge said.

A Salvation Army spokesman said the association was currently exploring all options for the future of the properties, including selling them to assist in funding social housing.

‘A final decision though has not been made yet and there is a full internal process to be completed,’ he said.