Overwhelming support for Guildford Heritage listing

Published on 02 March 2018

The City of Swan has received overwhelming support from Guildford residents to nominate the Guildford Historic Town for inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the results of a postal survey conducted late last year, showed that more than 85 per cent of property owners and tenants surveyed in Guildford supported the move.

“The City sent out postal surveys to more than 1250 property owners and tenants in Guildford Historic Town, to gauge their support for the nomination and received 395 legitimate responses back,” he said.

“Of those, 350 (89%) voted yes and 45 (11%) voted no, which I believe is a resounding show of support and the first step towards acknowledging the importance and diversity of Guildford’s heritage.”

The postal survey asked two questions:

  • Do you support Guildford Historic Town to be nominated for possible inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Place? (Yes/No); and
  • What is your relationship to this property? (Owner/Tenant).

Of the 395 responses:

  • 364 (92%) were owners and 31 (8%) were tenants
  • 360 (91%) responses were from residential properties and 35 (9%) were from commercial properties

Midland/Guildford Ward Councillor Mark Elliott said respondents were also given the chance to comment on the survey, to further explain their response.

“The majority of those who responded ‘no’ said their main concern was increased, lengthier development application processes and restrictions on private property,” he said.

“While the majority of those who responded ‘yes’ said they thought the proposed listing will support the preservation of the town’s character.”

The survey results have been used to form a report, which will be considered at the City of Swan’s next Council meeting on Wednesday March 14. Council will then decide whether to formally nominate the Guildford Historic Town for inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places. If the nomination goes ahead, the State Heritage Office will make the final decision.

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