MORE than 2000 people have taken to Facebook to save the High Road Hotel in Riverton, which is set to become a Coles supermarket and liquor store.
The hotel, located at 361 High Road, opened for business on May 23, 1962 and has become one of the remaining iconic eating and drinking places in the suburb.
As of Friday morning, community Facebook page, The High Road Hotel Saving the High Road, had 2454 ‘likes’.
Members of the public have commented on the page and reminisced about honeymoons and receptions enjoyed at the hotel, also known as the Riverton.
The anonymous Facebook page creator has expressed concern about the popular meeting place being demolished and encouraged locals to make enough noise to save the hotel.
‘We already have one supermarket and a shopping centre, do we need another supermarket in Riverton?’ the page creator asked in a post on Facebook.
‘What we don’t have is another hotel.
‘The High Road Hotel is a family-friendly hotel nowadays, where we have been able to take family for dinner, and have been to many functions, with good bands frequenting the hotel, it has evolved into a hotel we enjoy visiting, without having to travel a distance away for the pleasure.’
Having lost the Lynwood Arms Hotel in Ferndale, residents are determined to prevent the same thing happening to the High Road Hotel. An online petition directed at Coles, Save the High Road Hotel from demolition, has also been created.
As of Friday morning, it had 500 signatures. A post on the online petition page spoke about the importance of saving the hotel.
‘My family have celebrated birthdays, weddings and mourned the loss of family here,’ the post said.
‘I got to know my husband at the High Road – I fell in love with my husband at the High Road and I’m not the only one who has this story.
‘Don’t take away another part of our area’s history.’
The City of Canning received a development application for Coles supermarket and a liquor store, which was conditionally approved by the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) on November 19 last year.
Canning chief executive Lyn Russell said the applicant proposed to demolish the existing motel and retain the existing hotel and TAB.
A second application was then lodged on August 4 this year with the City to modify the development approval.
‘As part of the current application, the existing hotel is to be demolished but the TAB will be retained in its current location,’ Ms Russell said.
‘As the proposed development is valued at over $3 million the proposal had to be determined by the JDAP rather than by Council.’