Cottesloe council to consider legal options before deciding on against against gate blocking public access to land

Cottesloe council to consider legal options before deciding on against against gate blocking public access to land

COTTESLOE councillors will legal advice before deciding what action to take on a gate that was allegedly installed by residents to block public access to a common rear laneway.

“It’s highly likely we’ll have a special meeting in the next seven days,” chief executive Mat Humfrey said after the council’s meeting last night.

Neighbours claimed they were not informed when a Lillian Street couple allegedly cut off 54sq m of right-of-way 64 (ROW 64) with an electronic gate a year ago.

The Crown Land could be worth $250,000.

“We rely on the rear pedestrian access up the hill to get to activities and be part of the community,” neighbour Katrina Tiller said.

Mrs Tiller objected to any retrospective approval for the gate.

Last century, the lanes were used to cart away outdoor toilet sewage, but their reservation or development has been contentious in Cottesloe in the past 10 years.

Some residents want the lanes kept grassed as unimproved reserves for walking and wildlife, while subdivisions fuelled by rising land values have cause many to be paved for access to battleaxe blocks.

The council has a rolling program of funding some of the improvements, to which subdividers contribute by paying for some of the upgrades

Councillors had already gone behind closed doors when they discussed ROW 64 at a committee meeting last week.

After 45 minutes without the public in the chamber again last night, they decided to consider pending legal advice this week before having any special meeting.

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