Homebase settlement possible
SUBIACO Council will consider proposing an out-of-court settlement of its ongoing legal appeal with Homebase at a meeting tonight.
Councillor Lee Hemsley’s motion to see whether Homebase’s legal counsel wished to make the City of Subiaco a “written offer to resolve the issues between two parties” was deferred to full council at a committee meeting last week.
“This (rental determination) case has taken significantly more time, and has cost significantly more than Council has been led to expect,” Cr Hemsley said.
“It would not bind us to any particular lease, but it would give the tenant opportunity to make an offer.”
Cr Mark Burns said Homebase was “trapped in No Man’s Land”.
“The matter needs to be settled, either the City buys them out and takes possession of the property, or we offer them a new lease and consequently they put in new plans to develop,” Cr Burns said.
“This stand- off does nobody, the least of which the community, any good.”
In the Western Suburbs Weekly on February 10, Roydhouse Street resident Grant Johnston said the City needed to reopen deadlocked 2010 discussions with Homebase to redevelop of the site.