HISTORIC Bayswater Hotel is set have a timber alfresco dining veranda, in an “exciting” development on the “neglected side of Bayswater”.
Originally built in the 1900s, council has approved improvements including the alfresco dining, two windows replaced with doors and the replacement of an existing solid balustrade with a 1m open timber balustrade.
Councillor Chris Cornish said the upgrades were an “exciting development” in a “somewhat neglected side of Bayswater”.
Council went against an officer recommendation to allow alcohol to be purchased and consumed on the veranda without ordering a meal.
“Do we need to stipulate this as a local government?” Cr Cornish said.
Cr Michelle Sutherland said, “we have to be one of the only countries in the world not responsible enough to have a drink without eating”.
Resident Branka Radanovich said while the development was a great idea, she had concerns about landscaping in the “treeless, heat-soaked” area.
She said two verge trees on Railway Parade outside the pub disappeared around 2013.
Cr Cornish said the application was “woefully inadequate” in terms of tree planting and was “just bitumen”.
Council specified there must at least two trees along both Railway Parade and Drake Street, subject to sightlines, to fix this issue.