Park Street residents in Henley Brook and Brabham call for speed reduction, claiming street is truck route


Residents Anthony Lumney, Murray Severn, Sylvain Haass, Matthew Campbell and Cr Rod Henderson are concerned about heavy trucks on their street. Picture: David Baylis         d464036
Residents Anthony Lumney, Murray Severn, Sylvain Haass, Matthew Campbell and Cr Rod Henderson are concerned about heavy trucks on their street. Picture: David Baylis         d464036

RESIDENTS of Park Street in Henley Brook and Brabham claim their street has become a truck route in recent years and are calling for the speed limit to be reduced.

Henley Brook resident Murray Severn, who has owned a property on the street for 33 years, said locals felt frustrated by heavy haulage trucks constantly traversing the 70km/h street.

“The trucks are being used by developers to accommodate the landfill requirements for their project sites on Woollcott Avenue,” he said.

“I have been advised that up to 100 trucks are being used for these projects, which are all making multiple pick-ups and deliveries during the day, starting at 6am.

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“The trucks are shaking the foundations of our homes, causing damage, and we are in fear for our lives just to go for a walk, cycle or horse ride.

“I’ve got video footage of trucks whizzing past and knocking over bins.”

Sylvain Haass, who lives on the Brabham side of Park Street, said the truck noise made working from home very difficult.

“I am upset about the noise that the large amount of trucks make (exceeding 105db), as well as the excessive speeding,” he said.

“I moved here for a mix of rural and urban lifestyle and have had to put up with this issue for more than three years now.”

Mr Haann said he worried for his children, the youngest aged three, if they went near the road.

“If they wandered out onto the road, it’d be goodnight,” he said.

“The trucks absolutely fly along there.

“The road is extremely narrow in some parts and is a hazard.”

Swan Valley/Gidgegannup ward councillor Rod Henderson met with residents last month to discuss their concerns.

“There are two bad crests on this road that make it very dangerous,” Cr Henderson said.

“If a truck comes over the hill one side and one over the other side, it leaves no room either side, so if you’re walking down the side of the road, you’re in big trouble.

“The City of Swan has just put in a sand footpath, but we have noticed that the 70km/h sign at the Lord Street end has been moved during works and not replaced, so truck drivers aren’t obeying the speed limit.

“I’d also like to see ‘crest’ signs installed as well.”

Mr Severn said he was surprised there had not been any serious accidents on the street.

“Enough is enough, we want our street back.”

Cr Henderson said the City would do a study to identify where the trucks were going and how many were associated with the developments in the area.