Council backs Spudshed

An application was submitted to the City of Bayswater to develop a 3519sq m outlet.

The proposed plan was to merge seven existing shops and children�s playground area to develop Spudshed at the southwestern portion of the building. The existing children�s playground, which is a moveable structure, is expected to be relocated to another part of Coventry Village.

The motion stirred debate between councillors.

Councillor Terry Kenyon said Coventry developers promised the site would be a tourist attraction based on the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne but had become nothing short of a supermarket.

Councillor John Rifici said council had to look at commercial enterprise on its merits, with Spudshed having the possibility to be a �great drawcard�.

Councillor Mike Anderton, who moved the item, said the superstore would be a major employer for the immediate area.

A Spudshed spokes-man said the applicant was considering a number of options to support the expansion in the northern corridor and did not wish to comment.