By Claire Ottaviano
THE City of Swan is seeking public comment on the proposed Henley Brook Avenue design and concept plans.
Henley Brook Avenue (the Avenue), a dual carriageway road stretching from Fortescue Place, Ellenbrook to Marshall Road, Dayton, is listed as an ‘other regional road’ under the Metropolitan Regional Scheme and identified as a key transport connection in the Swan Urban Growth Corridor Sub-Regional Structure Plan 2009.
About 95 properties either fronting or backing the proposed road were sent letters advising of the public comment period.
Echo News was contacted by residents concerned the public consultation had not been listed on the City of Swan’s website or advertised elsewhere.
City chief executive Jeremy Edwards said public consultation of the plans was concentrated to directly affected properties because they would be “most impacted by the construction work and when the road is opened”.
“Every project is different and requires different levels of consultation, and in the case of road upgrades, it is usual practice to consult with properties directly affected, rather than opening a wide consultation online,” he said.
“The priority is to ensure the feedback of directly impacted residents is sought.
“The City will always accept feedback from community members outside the immediately affected area, who can write to the City to express their views which will be considered alongside all feedback received and presented to Council for consideration.”
Mr Edwards said development of the Avenue would provide an alternative north-south route from Ellenbrook to Reid Highway and also allow West Swan Road to function as a tourist route through the Swan Valley, rather than carrying commuter and other traffic.
The City recently finished works to widen existing sections of the Avenue between Millhouse Road and Fortescue Place, Ellenbrook from single to dual carriageway.
In following financial years the City is proposing to continue widening existing infrastructure between Fortescue Place and Asturian Drive and build the new dual carriageway stretch between Asturian Drive and Marshall Road.
Public consultation closes on Wednesday, January 27.
Comments or requests for copies of the plans can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org