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Bigger not better for Guildford residents
Bigger not better for Guildford residents

For the residents of Guildford, bigger doesn't always mean better.

The historic town has been part of the City of Swan since 1970, but an angry group of residents are fighting to secede to the Town of Bassendean after "years of neglect" from the bigger council.

Resident Richard Zawada has collected more than 600 signatures supporting Guildford moving to the Bassendean municipality.

Now, with the area set to become part of an even bigger council, he fears the heritage and character of the town will be further eroded.

"We feel we have been poorly represented and forgotten by the City of Swan," Mr Zawada said. "Now the biggest shires are going to become even bigger with even less chance of community consultation and value for money.

"What should be a fantastic heritage town is being watered down continuously by inappropriate development approvals." He said complaints about heavy traffic through the area were ignored.

"The volume of trucks using Guildford as a short cut is for ever increasing, despite millions being spent on roadworks in and around Guildford," Mr Zawada said.

Bassendean mayor John Gangell said the council had recommended to the Robson review that the shire be included with Swan in any amalgamation, so Bassendean and Guildford would be in the same shire.

"The current proposal isn't best for our community's future," he said.

It is believed the Robson report will recommend Bassendean be part of a greater Morley shire, also including Bayswater and Belmont.

A City of Swan spokeswoman said transferring Guildford from the city was not being considered and there had been no formal request from residents.

The West Australian

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