Residents can finally move in

MORE than 100 new unit owners will be able to move into their properties after the developer and Liverpool Council settled a dispute about a proposed footpath in front of the complex which lasted more than three months.

The development, which consists of two 10-storey residential buildings, containing 104 flats, is located on the corner of Lachlan and Bathurst streets, Liverpool, and was completed in December last year.

However, unit owners were prevented from moving in because council officers did not receive all the documentation they needed from the developer, Bathurst Developments, and did not approve of their plans for a footpath on Lachlan Street because they planned to remove fig trees which lined the street.

Late last week the matter was concluded when council staff and the developer reached an agreement which will allow the footpath to be laid without the trees being removed.

Liverpool councillor Tony Hadchiti said the matter was brought to his attention before last Christmas.

"The building was finished, it was structurally sound but the footpath wasn't up to the council's standards," Cr Hadchiti said.

"So the council officers were not issuing the paperwork to allow residents to move in and they were left waiting for months."

Michael Guo, of ED Realty, who sold the units in the building, said buyers were very frustrated.

"Many of them had started paying off their loans already but couldn't move into their homes so they were very upset," Mr Guo said.

Cr Hadchiti said he's glad that after two hours of debate at recent council meetings and three months, the problem is finally solved.

"I'm disappointed that it took so long to settle this," he said.

At the most recent council meeting Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said it was important that the fig trees which line Lachlan Street are protected.

"These trees are very rare, they are 50 to 70 years old and provide beautiful foliage for the CBD so we've got to hold on to them."

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