Plan may worsen car woes

The council is expected to make a decision on a $4 million proposal to build 22 multiple dwellings on the street at tonight’s meeting after the Town’s Built Life Executive Manager recommended its conditional approval, despite it not complying with the Town Planning Scheme.

Resident Andrew McDonald said something had to be done to control traffic in the street, which was not wide enough to accommodate the increase since the Monadelphous offices were built and as more people used Armagh Street to avoid Canning Highway between Albany Highway and busy Berwick Street.

‘Armagh Street is a race track in the mornings. I feel more danger on the street than I did five or 10 years ago,’ he said.

He suggested the road be blocked off to Berwick Street and refuted comments by Renew Life Director Anthony Vuleta that traffic volumes had reduced over the years.

Mr Vuleta said 1998 traffic monitoring showed up to 1300 car movements a day compared to 900 a day in February 2012, but said more monitoring would be done.

The three-storey development proposed for the corner of Armagh and Berwick streets could include 16 two-bedroom units and six one bedroom units.