No a-Mends made

BUSI­NESS COM­PEN­SA­TION RE­JECTED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

MENDS Street busi­ness own­ers’ quest to get com­pen­sa­tion for de­creas­ing trade has been re­jected by the City of South Perth.

A group of re­tail­ers sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion to the City, in which they de­manded im­proved park­ing avail­abil­ity and sig­nage, com­pen­sa­tion for re­duced trad­ing, for the coun­cil to use its re­sources to stim­u­late trad­ing and for it to stop all pop-up busi­nesses.

The is­sues stemmed from the amount of con­struc­tion around the precinct, which busi­ness own­ers said was hurt­ing them.

Coun­cil­lors ac­cepted a re­port on May 23, which dis­missed com­pen­sa­tion and cited a gen­eral down­turn in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity across Perth and the dif­fi­culty in as­sess­ing which busi­nesses would be el­i­gi­ble for com­pen­sa­tion.

Stop­ping pop-up busi­nesses was not sup­ported be­cause “one of the main aims of pop-up busi­nesses is to ac­ti­vate an area by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to visit who may not nor­mally”.

Prin­ci­pal pe­ti­tioner, Mends Street News and Sup­plies owner Paul Noble, said de­spite key parts of the pe­ti­tion be­ing re­jected, he would con­tinue to cam­paign for lower park­ing costs and com­pen­sa­tion for re­tail­ers.

“The park­ing changes on the South Perth Es­planade aren’t enough; there needs to be more free park­ing in the area to al­low peo­ple to do their shop­ping here,” he said.

“Pop-up busi­nesses on the fore­shore are in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion to busi­nesses along Mends Street and it’s one of the rea­sons that trade has dropped.”

On the mat­ter of park­ing avail­abil­ity and sig­nage, the re­port high­lighted the coun­cil’s firsthour free park­ing trial at two carparks at the South Perth Es­planade and new way­far­ing signs to be erected in Mends Street and South Perth Es­planade.

The re­port also pointed to a key com­po­nent of the Con­nect South project – that the City would work with Mends Street busi­ness own­ers dur­ing reg­u­lar meet­ings.

More than 850 peo­ple signed the pe­ti­tion.

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