NORTH PERTH residents claim a proposed three-storey day care centre for 81 Angove Street could exacerbate traffic issues and further endanger nearby school students.
The Planning Group has applied to retain the old North Perth Police Station on the site but to also build an additional structure behind it to accommodate the centre, and has had to alter its proposal to address City of Vincent and resident concerns.
Carparking and site access is now along the eastern side of the site with entry via a laneway off Albert Street and exit on Angove Street via a traffic flow driveway.
The community consultation period for the amended application ends on June 26.
But Albert Street resident Mary McHenry has been lobbying for the plans to be altered yet again, to eliminate access from her street and the laneway.
Ms McHenry said she collected 1300 signatures on a petition from residents who shared her fear students from North Perth Primary School would be in danger with the extra traffic proposed to access the centre from Albert and Vine streets and the laneway.
“Albert Street is a no through road, so whatever traffic comes up here has to go back,” she said.
“It is already congested here during drop off and pick up times, which is the same time the day care centre would have parents dropping off and picking up.
“I have dropped children off at day care, it can take up to 20 minutes because you can’t just send a six-month-old off.”
She said she had witnessed accidents and near misses outside the school.
“It would be safer all around if they use Angove as their access only,” she said.
Anna Kristancic, who is a school principal and will build in the area, said children’s safety was a concern.
“I’ve observed what’s been happening here around the North Perth Primary school, it is fairly congested at the moment so if the plans are to go ahead as the developers are proposing, it will only make it worse,” she said.
Ms McHenry said residents were not anti-development.
“We are aware there is an urgent need for day care centres; if they could downsize the building that would be nice,” she said.
More to come.