Bar will divert misbehaviour

It's hoped a new Maylands small bar will reduce anti-social behaviour.
It's hoped a new Maylands small bar will reduce anti-social behaviour.

The City of Bayswater council voted unanimously in front of a full gallery at its September meeting to build the Lyric Lane development on the former Speedlite Cycles site.

The venue would include a basement for live music performances accommodating up to 150 people while the ground floor bar and restaurant would fit about 120-130 people.

The development would also include three apartments above the venue.

Councillor Terry Kenyon put forward the alternative recommendation for approval, with conditions to manage concerns of parking, noise and anti-social behaviour.

Cr Kenyon said there was a petition signed by about 100 people against the development but assured council would address those concerns, making it a win-win situation.

‘It is going to clean up the anti-social behaviour we’ve got there in the laneways through drugs and everything else,’ he said.

‘It makes it a better area for Maylands, it brings a lot of nightlife there and it will have a knock-on effect to surrounding businesses.

The conditions included a $110,000 cash-in-lieu payment developer Michiel de Ruyter would pay the City for the onsite car parking shortfall of 11 car parking bays.

Cr Kenyon said the council would have to look at the $110,000 seriously and work out how it would create more parking.

Deputy mayor Michael Sabatino said the City had two properties near the site that could accommodate parking in the future, the Autumn centre and The RISE.

Mr de Ruyter said he was disappointed he did not get the opportunity to look at the conditions before the meeting because it took time to assess them properly.

‘The main issues, such as the resolution of the parking shortfall and the day trading restrictions were things that we offered early on ourselves,’ he said.

‘There are a few bits of red tape in there that need to be sorted but councillors have indicated that they are keen to get this going and the officers have already set meetings to try and resolve these issues.

‘I am hopeful that these will not stand in our way.’