BAYSWATER council is set to crack down on sloppy business owners who have turned the Baysy industrial estate into a junkyard.
In recent years a few bad apples have left parts of the district looking like a Mad Max set with tons of car wrecks strewn across verges.
In the first seven months of this year, rangers attended to 267 complaints in the industrial zone that flanks the Tonkin Highway.
The estate is such an eyesore the city is looking at spending $103,000 on an enforcement blitzkrieg.
Beleaguered locals told the Voice the problem’s dragged on for years and they’re unimpressed with the lack of action to date, but they’ll have to wait until at least July next year, when funding for the clampdown is considered in the 2019/20 budget.
Meanwhile, dodgy auto businesses will continue to leave the verge chockers with unregistered cars with no number plates.
A staff report to Bayswater councillors in August said businesses take advantage of a rule requiring 24 hours’ notice before an infringement is issued for an abandoned car.
Bayswater mayor Dan Bull moved a notice of motion in August calling for improvements, writing to the 810 property owners in the estate notifying them of an “increased enforcement regime” to clean the streets of garbage and junked cars.
Cr Bull also politely asked if any of the business owners would be willing to have a tree planted to make the area look nicer.
It’s unlikely many people will agree to the tree: When the council wrote to Noranda residents offering a free tree on the verge, 80 per cent said “no thanks”.
The report on dumping told councillors staff “anticipate that this percentage would be even higher throughout the Bayswater industrial area,” recommending they enforce tree plantings on the council-owned land.
Councillors voted not to compulsorily plant trees at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Cr Bull says they want to instead partner with the business owners to improve the area and not just play the enforcer: “We want more trees, but we also want it to be a partnership. We don’t want to just force trees on them.”
There are a few options on the table including spending $103,000 on hiring two additional full time rangers and one admin staffer to blitz the area for three months.
Number of complaints to Bayswater city council about dumping in the industrial estate from January-July this year:
• 133 for vehicles blocking verges and driveways
• 30 for rubbish dumping
• 27 for roaming animals
• 50 for graffiti, vandalism and assorted damage
by DAVID BELL