A GROUP of residents surrounding Woollcott Avenue in West Swan are urging the City of Swan to re-think a proposed upgrade of the Avenue.
Residents received a letter from the City on Tuesday August 4, advising them of a proposed upgrade of a section of Woollcott Avenue between West Swan Road and Murray Road.
The proposed works include widening the road from a 6.5m chip seal to a 9.4m asphalt surface, providing two 3.5m lanes with 1.2m sealed shoulders.
However the letter also states that vegetation clearing and tree removal would occur to accommodate the widening.
Eric Purvis lives on Ferguson Close, which runs off Woollcott Avenue, and is concerned at both the consultation and the proposed removal of the trees.
“The council are going to knock all our trees down and turn this into another rat-run,” he said.
“They only sent out letters to the people on Woollcott, so all the people that are going to be impacted by this, they don’t get a say.
“Rita Saffioti says she wants to preserve the rural aspect of the Swan Valley, but if you turn Woollcott into an urban road and remove the trees, that’s hardly preserving the rural aspect.”
The residents say that the plans have a striking similarity to plans for Campersic Road, with the removal of verge trees ultimately defeated in council as details in Off the chopping block (Echo News, July 31).
City chief executive Mike Foley said the City listened to the concerns of residents about the potential impact on trees and is considering the most appropriate way to undertake the road widening.
“Traffic counts indicate that Woollcott Avenue (west of West Swan Road) currently caters for approximately 2,500 vehicles per day,” he said.
“Surrounding developments and natural population growth will result in a short to medium term increase in traffic volume on this section of Woollcott Avenue.
“Once Henley Brook Avenue is constructed, it will serve as a distributor link in the area, diverting a large portion of this increase in traffic away from the affected section of Woollcott Avenue.”
A report will be presented to council within the next two months.