Bury swap plan: Own­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

THIR­TEEN Crossways business own­ers, nearby re­tail­ers and res­i­dents have op­posed a mo­tion that would have re­opened Park Street Precinct land swap ne­go­ti­a­tions with Coles at Su­bi­aco coun­cil last week.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Cle­ments’ elected mem­ber’s mo­tion said that con­sol­i­dat­ing the City of Su­bi­aco and Coles’ land­hold­ings would al­low the su­per­mar­ket chain to re­de­velop and pre­vent it re­lo­cat­ing to the pro­posed Sta­tion Street Mar­ket de­vel­op­ment.

The City unan­i­mously re­jected the “flawed” land swap pro­posal with Coles in Oc­to­ber 2012.

“The ar­gu­ment that Coles should be given the gift of land swap just to save the mar­kets makes no sense,” Cather­ine Street res­i­dent Ines Janca said.

Su­bi­aco 7 Day Chemist owner and Su­bi­aco Vil­lage Re­tail As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man David Maxwell said he did not want Coles to leave its present site but a re­de­vel­op­ment would “dec­i­mate our com­mu­nity”. “Make a decision for the ben­e­fit of all Su­bi­aco re­tail­ers, not just one na­tional gi­ant,”he said.

Dal­limores Home­ware owner Jill Dal­limore said she was dis­ap­pointed the Coles re­de­vel­op­ment was back on the cards after such a strong re­fusal two years ago.

Crossways News owner Ray Har­ris said Coles re­de­vel­op­ing would be the “death knell” for in­de­pen­dent shops in the vicin­ity.

Cr Cle­ments with­drew his first mo­tion and a re­worded al­ter­na­tive mo­tion was not de­bated as it lapsed for want of a sec­on­der.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Tin­dale said he was con­fi­dent the sub­ject would not be dis­cussed at coun­cil again.

The re­port on the City’s re­jec­tion of the pro­posal,

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