Residents appeal for changes

A LANDSDALE resident told the Wanneroo City Council about ongoing traffic problems along Sandison Way at last week’s meeting.

It followed a 119-strong petition calling for traffic management along the 6m-wide street which residents say has become an “exit” to the suburb.

The petition asked the council to consider traffic flow management and widening at needed intersections, and to provide ideas on how else issues, including speeding, could be addressed.

Lesley Barry spoke to councillors on Tuesday night in lieu of administration’s recommendation for council to refuse the works.

As well as high speeds, she said they were often faced with drivers cutting corners and mounting the verge and that the staff’s suggestion to plant verge trees would not help slow traffic, and could create a risk for children walking along the street.

She said CCTV footage of traffic behaviour reviewed by the City was not a true reflection of problems they experienced because it was recorded over the Easter and school holiday period when traffic was quieter. Councillors voted to refer the report back to administration.

Cr Brett Treby said he held deep concerns about the traffic movements in and around that area of Landsdale as well as with the research in the report.

The council also approved guardrails to be installed at Landsdale’s Mirrabooka Avenue and Southmead Drive intersection at the April 28 meeting.

Cr Domenic Zappa put forward an alternative recommendation to support changes at the site.

In December, the council received a petition signed by 26 residents requesting steel and concrete bollards for the intersection which the council report said were an “unnecessary hazard”.

The guardrails will be placed in at the north-east section of the intersection.