SOUTH Fremantle restaurant Calogero’s 6162 has had its application to remove parking bays and expand its outdoor seating area accepted.
The approval was granted at Wednesday’s City of Fremantle council meeting after the applicant proposed seating for 30 casual dining seats, including 16 indoor seats, and the removal of two parking bays.
The restaurant previously had an authorised outdoor dining area built over four car bays.
In a report tabled at council, officers stated a parking bay may be physically accommodated but recent road improvements were designed to create a shared vehicle and pedestrian space.
“The vehicle manoeuvring required to enter and exit the proposed on-street parking bays is considered to create a safety risk to pedestrians and is therefore not supported,” the report stated.
“On-street parking could not be allocated for the exclusive use of employees or customers of the restaurant and therefore not considered to ameliorate.”
Despite officers recommendations, councillors debated the topic with Andrew Sullivan saying he supported the proposal.
“I know too well parking is an issue in my area,” he said.
“Would I be willing to swap what has been achieved in South Terrace with umpteen cafes, small bars, shops with no parking or swap that with a sea of car parking in the front, of course not.”
Councillor Sam Wainwright said officers were obliged to point out how it didn’t comply with parking requirements but that the proposal produced a good outcome for the public realm.
Mr Sullivan put forward an additional amendment that any redundant crossovers and kerbs should be removed and the verge reinstated within 60 days of the approval and to specifically include 10 additional bicycle parking racks.