Cottesloe Pier champion Laurie Scanlan will ask for planning permission if EPA give nod

Cottesloe Pier champion Laurie Scanlan will ask for planning permission if EPA give nod

“The day after I get a letter from the Environmental Protection Authority I’ll be talking with the WA Planning Commission about a final application,” Mr Scanlan told the Western Suburbs Weekly.

The EPA had received 14 public comments about the need for and the level of the pier’s environmental assessment by last Wednesday.

The EPA subsequently asked for more information from other government departments. Once it is satisfied it has enough for a determination it can take up to 28 days for a decision.

Last week, Mr Scanlan answered criticisms of his pier and restaurant, including storm threats, its relationship with the nearby Indiana restaurant, which he designed, corrosion and if diners and brides would walk past dead blowfish and groyne fishermen.

“We have records from the past 30 years that the highest wave above the high water mark was 2.6m, and we’ll be at 4m – 2.6m above that,” Mr Scanlan said.

He said a jetty north from the pier was designed to have waves go over it and modern anti-corrosion building materials would be investigated and used.

The apex of the L-shaped building on the pier would point into the seabreeze and shelter the public on the side facing Cottesloe Beach.

Mr Scanlan said he and 10 backers, who he would not name until a WAPC application, wanted the pier to revitalise Cottesloe Beach.

“I recently went through Mt Lawley on a warm night and it was jumping, people were out everywhere, but when I turned into Eric Street in Cottesloe it was dead and there wasn’t one person walking around,” he said.

Mr Scanlan said the pier would be regularly maintained to avoid maintenance issues experienced at other beach buildings, including the pier being closed for one to two months annually for major maintenance work. The pier could help Indiana patronage because it could create a “critical mass” for visitors to Cottesloe.

The groyne would be patrolled hourly for discarded rubbish and divers from a proposed underwater viewing platform operator could gather submerged rubbish daily.

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