Rebuild of popular Cottesloe beach path may be put on hold

Concrete path S12 at Deane Street will get a new design in the upgrades.
Concrete path S12 at Deane Street will get a new design in the upgrades.

COTTESLOE council may hold off on rebuilding a popular but degraded beach path after it starts designs for three others including those used by kitesurfers.

Chief executive Mat Humfrey said successful residents’ requests for steps to replace a log and sand ladder at the N7 path to North Cottesloe Beach could mean a rebuild was delayed for 12 months.

Mr Humfrey said N7 may join two new paths in the second batch of a rolling program to improve the older beach accesses routes in the town.

In consultation until March 6 about the first four paths the council got 26 objections about N7 that mainly requested timber stairs to totally or partially replace the ladder.

“It is not maintained now, and it will require, at least in the upper section, stairs or a ramp, the path widened, new side rails installed and new log ladders in the lower section,” one of 38 public submissions said.

Other N7 requests included a zebra crossing south of Grant Street on Marine Parade and more beach showers.

Councillors decided to re-advertise a redesigned N7 with steps costing about $50,000, add two showers and relocate nearby benches, while staff will investigated a crossing.

The council allocated $130,000 allocated  for new paths in 2017-18, but  a report at March’s meeting indicated an additional money is needed to do all four planned paths, inlcuding $210,577 for general work, $29,955 for consultant’s fees and the $50,000 for N7’s steps.

It was estimated N7 would have initially cost $77,699, nearby N6 $51,993, S12 near Deane Street $86,763, and S10 at Salvado Road $94,167.

Committee member Cr Sally Pyvis said a major consideration in the designs was the protection of remnant dunes, and log ladders only worked if they were maintained, while they still caused erosion at their edges.

It was agreed to use the ideas from the community, including low gradients for easier use of each path, for just detailed designs for the potential upgrades of S10, S12 and N6.

S10 had 19 comments, and it was agreed to have signs and pavement stencils warning the public about kitesurfers crossing to a new path with lower handrails and no sharp or protruding parts that could catch kites, and no obstacles.

A design will be developed to stop erosion at the bottom of S12, which attracted 17 comments, while the 19 sent about N6 caused councillors to add a rubbish bin and increased drainage.

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