Following deputations from Mindarie residents Paul Goodley and Paul Knight on June 24, councillors let a staff recommendation to build two paths lapse.
Cr Sabine Winton moved an alternative motion to not proceed with the pathway links that would have connected Mindarie Marina with the shopping centre, and to remove the path on Mandal Close.
Mr Knight said the footpath would have led into a lamppost, and he criticised the council.
‘For a modern council to proceed without any surveillance or drawings on a project is beyond belief to me,’ he said.
Mr Knight said 62 per cent of respondents did not want the path.
Mr Goodley said when the path was initially proposed, the City had told him it would run down the side of his property and not his front lawn on Picton Court.
However, he said when work started late last year he found his front lawn was ripped up as well, then work stalled when contractors realised there was a street light and tree roots in the way.
Mr Goodley said few people used the cul-de-sac and he asked councillors to vote against the proposed path because it could lead to anti-social behaviour.
‘Preserve the safety and ambience of the areas as it is,’ he said.
Cr Winton said results of community consultation were clear, and traffic volumes did not pose a significant safety risk in the ‘quiet cul-de-sac’ because pedestrian numbers were ‘negligent’.
‘It’s clear that we need to update our processes and policies in terms of pathways,’ she said.
Cr Brett Treby said residents viewed the project as poorly run, adding if the process was right things usually turned out ‘OK’.
‘Given the lack of process and the circumstances, it’s absolutely fair and just that there is the reinstatement of the nature strip,’ Cr Treby said.
The report, recommending the paths on Mandal Close and Ramsgate Retreat, listed costs totalling $109,800, including $19,600 already spent on the partially built path.
At the June 17 council briefing, the City’s infrastructure director Dennis Blair said it would cost about $14,000 to remove the path.