No Christ­mas cheer of­fered

Keep Mar­kets in Subi

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

SU­BI­ACO Sta­tion Street Mar­ket’s de­vel­oper says he can­not of­fer stall­hold­ers any false hope that the mar­ket will stay open for its busiest pe­riod over Christ­mas.

De­vel­oper Greg Pearce said he met with City of Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Tin­dale last week to dis­cuss whether the mar­ket re­de­vel­op­ment could be post­poned un­til 2015.

Mr Pearce said he could not con­firm a def­i­nite clo­sure date un­til the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MRA) de­ter­mined its plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

“There is an out­side chance it could close in Novem­ber or De­cem­ber, but we are in the hands of the MRA in terms of tim­ing,” he said.

“Un­der the terms of the con­di­tional leases we have with Coles and Tar­get, if the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved we would close and com­mence con­struc­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Mr Tin­dale said it was dis­ap­point­ing that the Sta­tion Street Mar­ket own­ers could not guar­an­tee stay­ing open over Christ­mas.

“It would al­low the stall­hold­ers to make the most of the fes­tive trade and wind up their busi­nesses in a more rea­son­able man­ner,” he said.

At a coun­cil meet­ing last month, Su­bi­aco coun­cil­lor Stephanie Stroud said the own­ers’ short no­tice was a “heart­less decision” and showed “ab­so­lutely no sen­si­tiv­ity to the liveli­hood of its stall­hold­ers”.

Pub­lic com­ment and sub­mis­sions on the pro­posed four-storey mar­ket de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion close on Septem­ber 20. Mr Tin­dale said coun­cil­lors would con­sider a staff re­port on the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion at its Septem­ber 23 meet­ing.

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