No a-Mends made
BUSINESS COMPENSATION REJECTED
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.