Mu­si­cal chairs cost­ing business

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

AR­CHI­TECTS and He­roes café own­ers say the City of Su­bi­aco cut their al­fresco li­cence by 20 per cent last month, just three days after they set up ex­pen­sive new ta­bles and chairs.

Ron­ald Ngo said the City de­manded they re­move four chairs after re­ceiv­ing 16 com­plaints, de­spite ad­mit­ting that plan­ning staff had in­cor­rectly marked out the al­fresco area in the first place.

“We’re in a stand-off be­cause the coun­cil won’t give us ev­i­dence for th­ese com­plaints,” Mr Ngo said.

“For us, you only need to look at the City of Perth for both le­gal and common sense; they have a 600mm walk­way clear­ance for al­fresco while Su­bi­aco has 2m.”

Mr Ngo’s part­ner Lyly Phan said the coun­cil vis­ited the café and dis­cussed their plans “right down to the colour of the fur­ni­ture” to en­sure they had ticked ev­ery box be­fore ap­ply­ing.

Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Tin­dale said a per­son with dis­abil­i­ties and a pedes­trian with a pram were among the com­plainants.

“I am pre­pared to look at com­pen­sa­tion for ex­tra cost in­curred by not mark­ing the area prop­erly, as that was our re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Mr Tin­dale said.

Dou­ble Dou­ble owner Gav Bellinger said he had been wait­ing a month for the City to send him the in­voice for his al­fresco area.

“I follow them up about three times a week be­cause I need that piece of pa­per for my al­fresco area liquor li­cence,” Mr Bellinger said.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing be­cause this is hap­pen­ing after al­ready wait­ing three to four months for the City to ap­prove my change of use .

“It has cost me $2000 a week in ex­cess rents, ex­cess staff and ex­cess stock for ev­ery week that I don’t have my ex­tended li­cence.”

The Lit­tle Pantry owner Aleks Kesic said it was common knowl­edge within the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try that no one “in their right mind” would open in Su­bi­aco.

“The City has cost me thou­sands and thou­sands of dol­lars with­out so much as a hint of re­gret,” Ms Kesic said. “They should be thank­ing me for ac­ti­vat­ing a once dead zone into a vi­brant com­mu­nity hub, not mak­ing it so hard that at times I have wanted to shut my doors and walk away.”

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