Landsdale: Rayner Dve pathway listed in City capital works budget

Stacey and Brett Pickles with children Isabella and Emily, and residents of Rayner Dve. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Stacey and Brett Pickles with children Isabella and Emily, and residents of Rayner Dve. Picture: Bruce Hunt

CONSTRUCTION of a pathway along Rayner Drive in Landsdale has been listed in the City of Wanneroo’s long-term capital works budget.

A petition with 45 signatures was presented to the council in September requesting “immediate provision” of a footpath along the road to connect residents to The Broadview.

Currently, there is no footpath from just north of Everglades Parade to The Broadview, a length of 360m.

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Landsdale resident Stacey Newton-Pickles organised the petition because she said it was unsafe having to walk along the road when the footpath ended.

“There are people who have had near misses,” she said.

“It’s quite dangerous.”

She believes “it’s only a matter of time” before there is a serious accident.

Mrs Newton-Pickles said there was a lot of support for the petition and was unhappy there was no timeframe for construction of the path.

“People have shown there’s a need for it and it’s pretty disappointing that it’s not a priority,” she said.

“I don’t see why it needs to take three to four years.”

A report by the City said it supported extending the path, subject to a detailed design, as it would protect vulnerable road users and provide safe access to bus services, Broadview Park, Landsdale Primary School and Landsdale Forum shopping centre.

Council endorsed the recommendation at the November 7 meeting, listing the project in the City’s long-term capital works program and prioritising it in accordance with its pathways policy.

“The City has a significant number of unfunded pathway projects and the consideration of this missing pathway link will need to be prioritised in conjunction with those projects,” the report said.

It said an assessment of all missing pathway links was expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2017, which would provide a prioritised list of projects, with the Rayner Drive path to be listed in the program accordingly.

Construction is estimated to cost $145,000 and the program allocates $1 million for the next two financial years and $1.8 million from 2019-20 onwards for pathways.