FLYERS have been stuffed into East Perth letterboxes imploring locals to speak up against the planned demolition of two old houses at 60 and 62 Cheriton Street.
The planning application doesn’t list an owner but whoever bought the homes (number 62 sold for $1.75 million in 2013) has applied to bowl them both over. At the time it was advertised by the real estate agent as a “rare development opportunity—a rare chance to secure this site with holding income for a future commercial/mixed use development”, boasting a high density zoning.
The federation Queen Anne style houses aren’t on the Vincent city council heritage inventory, but they were probably constructed around 1900. We found records going back as far as September 18, 1921, when the Sunday Times reported Miss E Jackson of 62 Cheriton Street won fourth prize in the paper’s recipe contest for her potted crayfish sandwiches.
Until last October, Vincent council discouraged demolitions unless accompanied by replacement plans: the policy was intended to stop sites remaining vacant for prolonged periods of time. But the Barnett government changed the law, effectively stripping councils of the power to stand in the way of such demolitions. Public consultation closed January 22 and the demolition decisions now rests with the council.
by DAVID BELL