One owner said the City of Fremantle could have chosen a better time to do the work, with a drop in customers and an increase in mess and dust through the street making it difficult for her.
‘Three months of the year there is very little going on in the West End because the university is off,’ she said. ‘They decide to rip up the road during peak visitor and tourism time and when the university is in, which is affecting businesses.’
Council technical services director Peter Pikor said the road works were expected to last about seven to 10 days. The street was undergoing rehabilitation works that would replace the existing surface with red asphalt similar to that on South Terrace and Market Street.
The work would improve road quality and provide a facelift for the overall street.
‘The City always times roadworks to limit inconvenience to business owners, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians; however many factors need to be considered, including availability of specialised contractors, fine weather conditions and grant funding requirements,’ he said.
‘The City expects the improved streetscape should have a positive impact on businesses on High Street and appreciates their patience while this important work is completed.’
Fremantle Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tim Milsom said he had visited every business along High Street on Thursday and was told of some ‘miscommunication’.
‘From what I can understand there is a certain fragment of the street closer to Market Street that was given plenty of advance warning, but those closer to Cliff Street missed out on the information until recently,’ he said.
‘These businesses said they only had around seven days of notice so they were not prepared with the amount of road works that were going on and not prepared with the drop in business.
‘Maybe it could have been done better, but the majority of traders I spoke to were pretty apathetic about putting up with it.’
Mr Milsom said the dust problem was a health concern and that there should be better ways to do the roadworks without creating so much dust.