Con­cerns over Bun­nings move

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By CAITLIN TILLER

AN Old Theatre Lane busi­ness owner says she feels “crushed and beaten into sub­mis­sion” af­ter “a lack of con­sul­ta­tion” about the new Clare­mont Bun­nings lo­ca­tion at Bayview Cen­tre.

Heaven Wrapped owner Gabrielle Old­meadow said the con­struc­tion had af­fected pa­tron­age to the Old Theatre Lane precinct.

“The loss of ac­cess and the clos­ing of the pub­lic carpark for the 11-month du­ra­tion has crip­pled foot traf­fic to the area with many long-es­tab­lished busi­nesses (some as much as 30 years) se­ri­ously weigh­ing up their on­go­ing vi­a­bil­ity,” Ms Old­meadow said.

She said Bun­nings met her con­cerns with re­as­sur­ances of in­creased foot traf­fic.

“I think we in Old Theatre Lane col­lec­tively are at fault for not be­ing more cre­ative about putting a case to Bun­nings for what we wanted, such as sig­nage, but we feel a lit­tle crushed and beaten into sub­mis­sion through th­ese con­struc­tion phases,” she said.

“It would be nice to think the coun­cil would have con­sulted us on pos­si­ble im­pacts and then acted or ad­vo­cated on our be­half.”

Bun­nings WA op­er­a­tions man­ager Shel­ley Be­g­ley said staff had made a con­certed ef­fort to min­imise dis­rup­tion to other busi­nesses.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to hear neg­a­tive feed­back be­cause we’re very ex­cited and happy to be there and we want to be part of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We’ve been there for 20 years and we are lis­ten­ing.

“I’m con­fi­dent (Old Theatre Lane) will be busier than ever once we open – there will be more traf­fic and it is ex­cit­ing for the area.”

Town of Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion did not fall within the Town’s ju­ris­dic­tion for ap­proval. Fi­nal ap­proval came from the Joint As­sess­ment De­vel­op­ment Panel (JDAP), he said.

“The Town was re­quired to make rec­om­men­da­tion to the JDAP on a num­ber of is­sues per­tain­ing to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Goode said.

“This process in­volved the Town con­sult­ing with the re­tail­ers in Old Theatre Lane (amongst oth­ers).”

The Bun­nings hard­ware store in Clare­mont.

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