Cottesloe will fight Twiggy’s tradies blocking seaside parking

Cottesloe will fight Twiggy’s tradies blocking seaside parking

COTTESLOE Council is clamping down on tradies’ vehicles monopolising public bays at magnate Andrew Forrest’s new beach house on Marine Parade.

“Recent building activity near the intersection of Marine Parade and Rosendo Street has highlighted the issue,” a report said at the council’s meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Forrest is restoring the adjacent Tukurua mansion and building several new homes in its 5002sq m grounds, which he bought for a reported $16 million in 2015, before work started when the council gave its nod on the expansion in May 2017.

However, works on neighbouring homes have also contributed to the use by tradespeople of bays meant for residents and beachgoers during the day.

Residents’ complaints culminated in ratepayer Paul Underwood claiming his protests have been ignored at the council’s annual general meeting in February.

On Tuesday, it was proposed the council’s chief executive Mat Humfrey be given delegated power to control and restrict parking near building sites.

Councillors previously considered they only had the power to make such rules, but the report said this was not the case because Mr Humfrey could already introduce temporary parking restrictions and limits at events.

It was agreed he be able to introduce parking restrictions within a 200m radius of any site that has a building licence, without getting approval from councillors.

His power will also apply to within 200m of any event that requires a traffic management plan.

Mr Forrest’s project is scheduled to finish at the end of next month.