Hotel turns against median
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.”