MOSMAN Park residents and councilors have asked if the City of Fremantle is being responsible by approving cafe parking bays on a narrow, busy, uphill corner at the Tasker’s apartment development on McCabe Street.
“It’s a blind spot; I’ve seen the way people drive around here and it’s quite scary,” Mosman Park resident Pauline Hampton said.
Fremantle’s traffic study for its proposed apartment development zone bordering Mosman Park found daily traffic could increase from 9700 vehicles to 15,500 in about a decade on the street, which is used by school traffic and is the major southern route into the riverside suburb.
Last month, Mosman Park councillors asked Fremantle to tackle traffic congestion and a hazard at the corner potentially caused by a two-bay pull-in for a cafe at Taskers. The port city delayed considering apartments up to 15 storeys at the nearby Matilda Bay Brewery in the development zone.
“They could get 3m on the south verge to widen McCabe Street for an extra lane, and a footpath or cycle way, and they need two lanes turning left at the intersection with Stirling Highway,” Cr Brett Pollock said.
Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris is concerned the Tasker’s driveway was allowed immediately east of the corner.
“The whole Tasker’s site is in Fremantle and Mosman Park was not asked before the building approval was granted, and we have no regulatory control to ask that the parking bay be removed,” Mr Norris said.
At Fremantle’s May 28 meeting, Cr Andrew Sullivan argued a single “slim” tower up to 46m should be considered at the brewery after overall height at the site was lowered to 25m and three possible towers at 33m were removed.
Cr Sullivan said increased height within the development
Pauline Hampton and Brett Pollock say cafe car bays outside Tasker’s are dangerous.