CITY of Vincent councillors have refused allowing an office on Oxford Street in Leederville to become a restaurant because of insufficient parking.
The proposed change of use was recommended for approval but councillors voted against the item at last Tuesday’s council meeting. Councillors said another restaurant on Oxford Street would not help activate the area as well as a retail business would.
The proposed change of use was for Mexican chain restaurant Guzman Y Gomez, which has restaurants in Mt Lawley, Northbridge and Cockburn.
Guzman Y Gomez franchisee Courtney James Smith asked the council to waive the cash-in-lieu payment for the parking shortfall.
He said he would have preferred to see the money used for public artwork outside the business.
Councillors voted to refuse the proposed change of use for the restaurant that would cater for up to 70 customers at one time because there was insufficient parking for such an intensive use.
Mayor John Carey voted to allow the change of use because he said it was in line with his previous voting record.
“It’s a democratic process. I voted for it but there is not caucusing or retribution. Each councillor is entitled to have their own vote,” Cr Carey said.