Toi­lets still bone of con­tention

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE chief ex­ec­u­tive Carl Askew says talks and not con­fronta­tion with the In­di­ana restau­rant will get cleaner toi­lets un­der the iconic build­ing on Cottes­loe Beach.

“The Town is seek­ing a so­lu­tion in ne­go­ti­a­tions with In­di­ana man­age­ment that would see a ren­o­va­tion of the change room and toi­let area to pro­vide bet­ter and big­ger fa­cil­i­ties with more space, light and air,” Mr Askew said.

Af­ter last week’s meet­ing, he de­fended the coun­cil’s po­si­tion fol­low­ing ratepay­ers’ group SOS Cottes­loe ask­ing the restau­rant be sent a breach of its lease with the coun­cil for al­legedly dirty, bro­ken toi­lets and fix­tures, prompt­ing con­tin­u­ing pub­lic com­plaints.

This month, north­ern sub­urbs res­i­dent Richard Krei­der sep­a­rately com- plained to this news­pa­per about the women’s toi­lets used by his wife and his vis­it­ing daugh­ter.

Mr Askew said de­fects from twice­weekly coun­cil in­spec­tions re­ported to the In­di­ana had been ad­dressed in a “timely man­ner”, there been fewer prob­lems com­pared to pre­vi­ous sum­mers and res­i­dents and SOS mem­bers had made neg­a­tive com­ments about plans for new toi­lets, caus­ing the project’s with­drawal three years ago.

In­di­ana Tea House Pty Ltd has a lease un­til 2041 and Mr Askew said its terms were “not ideal” be­cause it made the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the toi­lets and stopped the coun­cil from tak­ing di­rect ac­tion, set­ting clean­ing rules and open­ing times.

“With re­gard to SOS’ re­quest for a no­tice of de­fault, un­der the terms of the lease, a de­fault re­quires the lessee to have not acted on an is­sue and this is sim­ply not the case,” Mr Askew said.

The coun­cil be­lieved a breach would jeop­ar­dise ne­go­ti­a­tions “pro­ceed­ing well and in a co-op­er­a­tive man­ner” with the In­di­ana.

How­ever, Cottes­loe Res­i­dent and Ratepayer As­so­ci­a­tion chair John Ham­mond said cam­paign­ing would con­tinue for the restau­rant to be served a breach about the toi­lets.

In­di­ana Tea House Pty Ltd would not com­ment.

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Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies with Brid­getee Harch, Ge­naya Case­ment, Natasha Ober­man and Sloan Bur­ton.

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