West Perth: resident fears for safety at Harwood Pl apartments

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A HARWOOD Place resident fears for her safety, claiming guests at nearby serviced apartments have stolen from her.

An application to amend an approval for serviced apartments at 1-16/17 Harwood Place, West Perth was met with resistance from nearby neighbours, who spoke against it at the City of Vincent council briefing session on October 10.

Applicant Urbanista Town Planning has requested the previously approved condition of a 24-hour manned reception desk be changed to staff attendance during scheduled check-in and out only.

Elizabeth Walker, who lives near the apartments, said she felt unsafe in her own home.

“I have been robbed and think it was likely by someone who stayed in the apartments,” she said.

“I have had people on my veranda; I can’t leave things out there. Noise is an issue but not a priority for me. As a young woman, safety is a priority for me.”

Another resident claimed drug deals were done outside the apartments and noise issues were worse in summer than winter.

Daniella Merger spoke on behalf of the applicant and refuted claims that apartment guests were causing trouble.

“The anti-social behaviour is not substantiated or necessarily related to the site,” she said.

She said the proposed 24-hour reception desk with concierge would make the venture unfeasible.

Perth Sergeant Ange Tipping said the last report regarding the address to police was in June for a disturbance.

She said damage was reported last year and two burglaries in 2015.

“We are aware of the address and have spoken with City of Vincent and the managers,” she said.

Sgt Tipping encouraged residents to report any disturbances to 131 444.

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