Council frustrated by path impasse

Stirling councillor Elizabeth Re said several ratepayers were concerned about safety along Ellen Stirling Boulevard.

Cr Re said bus passengers were forced to walk along the unsealed shoulder of Ellen Stirling Boulevard once they got off the bus.

�A footpath to guide people back to the Oswald Street traffic lights will make it safer for everyone to cross at those lights and not dodge traffic,� she said.

City of Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said the City was limited in what it could provide in the area because of land ownership.

�Councillors and City officers have been desirous of constructing a footpath on the eastern side of Ellen Stirling Boulevard for some time, particularly the southern-most section connecting to Scarborough Beach Road,� he said.

�However, site constraints and land ownership on the eastern side of Ellen Stirling Boulevard have precluded its construction.�

Mr Giamov said it would cost about $80,000 for the City of Stirling to build the path, excluding tree removal or adjustment of underground pipes.

He said the City would look to Westfield to construct or pay for the path as a condition of approval for the recent multi-million-dollar development application of the shopping centre.

�As a condition of approval, the City will seek either a contribution for, or construction of, a 2.6m wide path between Flax Way and Scarborough Beach Road,� he said.

Mr Giamov said Westfield was in talks with the State Government on possible development on the eastern side of Ellen Stirling Boulevard, which would directly affect plans for a path.

�The need for a continuous footpath along the eastern side of Ellen Stirling Boulevard will only become a necessity if and when Westfield redevelop land on the eastern side of Ellen Stirling Boulevard, and the volume of pedestrian traffic warrants a continuous path,� he said.