Piazza proves popular choice

Vincent Mayor John Carey.
Vincent Mayor John Carey.

Of 302 submissions received by council, 263 supported and four were neutral on the piazza, which was temporarily set up at the southern end of Mary and Beaufort streets last month .

Although 35 objections were received, raising concerns about safety and traffic flow, Mayor John Carey said many of them were existing and council was investigating the addition of a turning circle at the end of Mary Street to improve traffic flow.

‘We shouldn’t be planning around cars, we should be planning around people and that is what this is about,’ Mr Carey said. ‘The Oxford Street Reserve (in Leederville) has been a great success and while it won’t be on the same scale as that, it will be a flexible, green space for people to rest.’

The piazza also has strong backing from the Beaufort Street Network.

‘Effectively it will become the Town Square of Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley,’ volunteer Lesley Thomas said.

‘During the trial period, it was great to see groups of mums congregating there and also a lot of people sitting on the temporary seating enjoying their lunch and coffee.’

The proposed piazza will feature artwork, seating, planters and drink fountains. The final design will go out to public comment and council approval before construction begins.