Belmont: City remains firm on Brearley Ave closure

Belmont: City remains firm on Brearley Ave closure

CALLS for Brearley Avenue to remain open could be rejected by the City of Belmont if it supports a staff recommendation at its meeting tonight.

A staff report said: “The City does not support the connection of Brearley Avenue remaining open between Great Eastern Highway and First Street on both fundamental planning and traffic grounds”.

“The connection of Brearley Avenue would result in a negative traffic and amenity impact for existing and future residents of DA6 by formalising ‘rat runs’ to both the PTA car park and the airport precinct along local streets,” it said.

It said the connection of Brearley Avenue would continue to “add to traffic delays and inefficiencies currently being experienced at the Great Eastern Highway and Brearley Avenue interface”.

“The connection… would be in conflict with Main Roads WA’s strategic roads position and contrary to Main Roads’ future signage strategy to the airport terminals.”

The report said it would also “result in a negative impact in providing centralised and quality public open space for the existing and future residents of DA6.

It would also “result in a disconnected and negative urban planning outcome for the future residents of DA6.”

The move would reject a motion supported by 35 ratepayers at a special electors meeting on April 26 calling on the City to review the road remaining open between Great Eastern Highway and First Street, to serve the local community.

It also called on the council to “write forthwith” to Transport Minister Dean Nalder, requesting him to review the proposed closure of Brearley Avenue.

At the meeting, residents expressed concerns about the impact of the closure on adjacent streets, creating ‘rat runs’ and traffic chaos through the area.

The mover of the motion, Bella Scharfenstein, said it would place an unrealistic traffic burden on neighbouring streets that had not been designed to handle high volumes of traffic.