A HIGHGATE bed and breakfast has been granted permission to open an eating house next to a park, despite resistance from councillor Roslyn Harley.
Haven on the Park adjoins Jack Mark’s Reserve with an access gate linking the two, which would allow park users to buy food and drink from the small scale kiosk.
The kiosk can only have a maximum four patrons and two staff at a time and deliveries will be restricted to between 8am and 5pm on weekdays.
At the April 4 City of Vincent council meeting, Cr Harley said allowing this set-up could open a floodgate of similar applications.
“I love exciting opportunities but I don’t believe enough thought has been put into where else this could happen,” she said.
“Let’s do this properly; (similar) applications could trickle in.
“I thought there would be one park left without coffee and food vans.”
Cr Harley tried unsuccessfully to change the opening hours from the original 6am to 9pm and defer the motion.
Mayor Emma Cole said she liked the idea.
“It is not the first park we would have chosen but the opportunity has arisen,” she said.
Cr Susan Gontaszewski agreed it set a precedence, but believed in this particular instance, it could be managed.