Nod for bifold windows

East Fremantle Council had earlier approved an application to allow bifold windows on the George Street side of the building and outdoor tables and chairs with a long string of conditions that the Wine Store claimed were either unviable or impractical.

The 26 conditions included times at which the windows should be closed to prevent noise from affecting nearby residents and listed the approval was only for a 12-month trial period.

However, Town chief executive Stuart Wearne said after the meeting several elected members had approached him stating they would like for the vote to be rescinded.

Meanwhile, the Wine Store approached the Town seeking mediation before it took the matter to the State Administrative Tribunal.

Residents offered emotive and impassioned pleas to the council to restrict the bifold window on Hubble Street, which was a residential street and along which the greatest noise effects were felt.

Wine Store representative Kitty Usher said liquor licensing would not approve any applications that were subject to a trial period and the cost of installing the windows would be prohibitive should they be asked to remove them after 12 months.

Councillors agreed the residents had been very accommodating of the business and the compromise was fair.

Mayor Jim O’Neill said asking for the bifold window to only be installed on the non-residential side of the building was ‘a small ask’.

‘We condition the business not an owner. It’s such a small ask I would implore the owners to only have a window on George Street,’ he said.