Ho­tel turns against me­dian

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Donovan

THE re­cent ex­ten­sion of a me­dian strip that stops cars turn­ing right into the Como Ho­tel is neg­a­tively af­fect­ing busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Leisure and Hos­pi­tal­ity (AHL) Group na­tional prop­erty man­ager Barry Cloke.

The me­dian ex­ten­sion east across Nor­ton Street was in­stalled in late Jan­uary and jointly funded by Main Roads WA and the City of South Perth, with each con­tribut­ing $21,648.

The Como Ho­tel owner op­er­a­tor said based on the com­pany’s own re­search, the me­dian strip ex­ten­sion did not im­prove safety.

ALH Group got the green light to de­mol­ish the BWS and al­ter the ho­tel in 2015 but the ap­proval lapsed and an ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­tend it un­til 2019 is with the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal af­ter the Metro Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel re­fused the re­quest in Fe­bru­ary.

Mr Cloke said the re­quire­ment for a me­dian ex­ten­sion was to be re­viewed on com­ple­tion of the ho­tel re­de­vel­op­ment.

“We are not at all pleased about it as we are re­spect­ful of the neigh­bour­ing amenity and as a re­sult of the works cus­tomers are now forced to turn right into South Ter­race, Sandgate Street and Nor­ton Street to en­ter the ho­tel,” he said.

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said that in Novem­ber 2017 the coun­cil re­solved to start dis­cus­sions with Main Roads about the pro­posal to ex­tend the Can­ning High­way me­dian strip north­east to a point past Nor­ton Street to pre­vent a right turn into and out of the in­ter­sec­tion.

“Main Roads has al­ways main­tained that the Nor­ton Street and Can­ning High­way in­ter­sec­tion must op­er­ate as a left in and left out move­ment with a solid me­dian and had ad­vised the City they would sup­port the clo­sure of the me­dian if it was ever re­quested,” she said.

“There was no rea­son to be­lieve there would be any im­pact on ad­ja­cent streets, with all nearby streets off Can­ning High­way hav­ing ap­pro­pri­ate traf­fic man­age­ment.”

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