Florist finds new field
WITH the threat of Subiaco’s Station Street Markets redevelopment looming in 2015, popular stall The Flower Market has set up a permanent location right across the road. Owner Ron Hayward opened his Hood Street warehouse to the public this month to ensure the new retail site was well-established when the markets inevitably close. Although determined to continue trading at Station Street “to the very end”, Mr Hayward said he needed to take control and start the transition early. “Once we get disembarked from the markets, it being such a destination, we would only have had the goodwill of our customers left,” he said. “We want everyone to know that even once the markets are gone, we will still be here. “I’m encouraging our customers to come over now and have a look. Inside the markets we do really well with the fruit and veg and meat on offer around us, so we know the only way to live outside that is to build a destination of our own.” Mr Hayward said Christmas was one of the busiest times of year for flowers, especially for festive holly and poinsettia plants. “I couldn’t say the exact number, but we probably sell at least a couple of thousand poinsettias every December,” he said.
COTTESLOE’S Blue Waters Café restaurant owner Frank Wilson is the first person to ask for five storeys at Cottesloe Beach.
“Council staff are currently in the process of working through the application, which will be assessed for consideration by Council in the New Year,” Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.
Mr Wilson’s application will use the controversial Local Planning Scheme No.3 (LPS3), which after a decade of argument was changed by the State Government for up to eight storeys at the Ocean Beach Hotel at the northern end of the beach strip and six storeys at the Il Lido Restaurant at its southern end this year.
Last week, Mr Wilson’s designers Kerry Hill Architects sent a development application for the takeaway-cafe site at the corner of Marine Parade and Warnham Road.
Mrs Dawkins said the application for three storeys at ground level and two set back from the roads complied with LPS3 and was a “high-quality architectural design with equally high-quality building finishes”. “It takes consideration of the weather conditions on our beachfront, and is in keeping with the Cottesloe beachfront aesthetics,” she said.
An architect’s perspective of the proposed development.