Residents rally against shop

Residents rally against shop

The petition, signed by 148 people, was presented to the City of Stirling, on Wednesday, October 30.

It signed reads: ‘we the undersigned ask that the Stirling City Council not grant permission for a change of use of the premises at 141 Walter Road from shop to restricted shop’.

However, owner of adult shop -The Everyman Store – Andrew Wemyss said there was always some misgiving, by a few, but had also received positive feedback and thought his store would bring positive retail growth to the set of shops.

‘My shop is by far set to the highest standard and dwarfs all other retail in the length of Walter Rd West,’ he said.

‘The clientele we have are couples and singles looking to enhance there personal lives and we try to offer a shop they can utilise freely and comfortably,

‘Bold statements I know but I recognise others opinions and endeavour to have a zero negative impact on those doing business beside me.’

One resident, who did not want to be identified, said she was concerned what clientele the store would attract adding the proposed store did not ‘fit in’ the area.

‘I’m annoyed that it’s going in such a family friendly area,’ the resident said.

‘There are family restaurants surrounding it, a bowling alley and children’s shops – it’s just not right.’

The woman added she did not like the way the street was changing with several massage parlours along the road and now the ‘restricted adult shop’ proposal.

City of Stirling director of planning Ross Povey said council had received a request for ‘change in use’ that was open for community to comment and concluded on October 30.

‘Any submissions made during this time including petitions would be taken into consideration when Council make a final decision on this matter,’ Mr Povey said.

‘The City was made aware yesterday, Wednesday, October 30, that the business was allegedly trading and officers are currently investigating this matter and if this is the case, the City will be liaising with the applicant further in relation to this matter.’

Guardian Express journalists visited the shop on Thursday, October 31 and it was not trading.