Attempt to delay Lacey Road works fails

Work has started on Lacey Road, which will open to through traffic. Picture: Bec Sheppard.
Attempt to delay Lacey Road works fails
Work has started on Lacey Road, which will open to through traffic. Picture: Bec Sheppard.

LACEY Road Action Group has been unsuccessful in its attempt to delay road works on Lacey Road until a new council is elected.

Many residents along Lacey Road have concerns their no through road will become “the Stoneville Road bypass” once the Shire of Mundaring opens it under its bushfire planning policy.

Before the Shire of Mundaring council meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Bob Perks applied to have the works on Lacey Road suspended until after the November council meeting.

But the application to have the matter presented as an urgent late item on the meeting agenda was refused by Shire President Helen Dullard.

Cr Dullard said the Lacey Road matter had already been discussed at length at last month’s council meeting and leaving the road closed was not supported.

Both motions regarding Lacey Road — one to close the Lacey Road emergency access during winter and another to install traffic calming devices — failed to get a seconder at the last council meeting.

Machinery was moved in to Lacey Road on Tuesday.

Mundaring chief executive Jonathan Throssell said preliminary works to trim back vegetation and road edge preparation had started.

Lacey Road resident Bob Sheppard said it appeared the Shire’s Emergency Access Improvement Plan was being used to open key roads and provide better access to Mundaring town centre.

“When a council rejects common sense and ignores the social impact of its decisions, residents have a right to be concerned,” he said.

“These concerns become even more evident when it appears there are inconsistencies in the council’s approach to the other 38 locations which will be modified as part of the Shire’s Emergency Access Improvement Plan.”

Mr Sheppard pointed to Lacey Road’s already functioning paved emergency access way, while others like Falls Road in Hovea were steep four-wheel-drive tracks.