Mends St traders want help

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

BUSI­NESS own­ers on Mends Street are ask­ing for help from the City of South Perth fol­low­ing di­min­ish­ing foot traf­fic.

In a pe­ti­tion pre­sented to the coun­cil on April 25, the busi­ness own­ers have de­manded, among other re­quests, com­pen­sa­tion for re­duced trad­ing.

The pe­ti­tion claims that in the past six months, 40 per cent of pub­lic car park­ing has been re­moved and 60 per cent of shops in the strip, in­clud­ing the only su­per­mar­ket, have been de­mol­ished.

The prin­ci­pal pe­ti­tioner is Mends Street News and Sup­plies owner Paul Noble, who man­aged to get 364 sig­na­tures when it went to coun­cil.

Mr Noble said the im­pact of con­struc­tion around the area had flat­tened trad­ing.

“I think the coun­cil needs to be fair to ev­ery­one; they should charge peo­ple $2 per hour for park­ing with the first hour free,” he said.

“They’ve let all the con­struc­tion hap­pen at once and with the park­ing prob­lems, it only makes things worse.

“The coun­cil has al­lowed pop-up bars and cafes like the Em­bargo Bar while the cafes on Mends Street are suf­fer­ing.

Mr Noble said he wanted the City to “come to the ta­ble” and ne­go­ti­ate a fair out­come for rates and com­pen­sa­tion.

“You’ve seen the same prob­lem in Scar­bor­ough and they got an agree­ment be­tween the busi­nesses and the coun­cil,” he said.

“I think the City could do more to pro­mote the area. I’ve sug­gested some­thing like a street mar­ket to make it more vi­brant.”

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the pe­ti­tion would be the sub­ject of an of­fi­cer’s re­port to the coun­cil at a meet­ing on May 23 but com­pen­sa­tion was not a part of the City’s con­sid­er­a­tion.

“City rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been meet­ing reg­u­larly with the Mends Street Traders group and work­ing with them on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to sup­port their busi­nesses through this pe­riod of tran­si­tion,” she said.

“The City has and will soon be in­stalling ad­di­tional pro­mo­tional sig­nage in the precinct to re­mind shop­pers that Mends Street is still open for busi­ness and en­cour­age vis­i­ta­tion dur­ing the con­struc­tion and tran­si­tion phase.”

Busi­ness own­ers around Mends Street are un­happy with the im­pact that con­struc­tion in the area is hav­ing on their bot­tom line.

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