Clarkson: sewing business owner concerned as adult store prepares to open next door


Picture: Martin Kennealey
Picture: Martin Kennealey

A CLARKSON business owner has continuing concerns her business may suffer as an adult store prepares to open next door.

Ocean Keys Sewing Centre owner Faye Peskett said she was disappointed a change of use application by Lovers Adult Stores was approved at the City of Wanneroo council meeting on August 16.

The application for the Marmion Avenue site was rejected by council on April 26 and referred back by the State Administrative Tribunal for reconsideration.

Ms Peskett organised a petition with 88 signatures against the proposal when the City advertised it for public comment in February.

“I did everything I could possibly do,” she said.

“I tried my best and at least my customers have seen that I tried my hardest for them.”

She believed the store was not right for the area given the elderly people and children who visited.

Ms Peskett said customers had also voiced concerns and she was worried it would negatively affect her business.

“There’s still that uncertainty,” she said.

Lovers managing director Karl Frost said they obtained 475 signatures supporting the proposal and nine letters of support from nearby businesses.

“Most reasonable adults have no objection to a reputable adult retailer like Lovers and it is unfortunate that we had to undertake such a long process to counter the negative campaign that was orchestrated against us,” he said.

“We operate in similar commercial strips throughout Perth without issue and see this as the perfect location to service the growing north coastal area.”

Mr Frost said the store was planned to open in October.

As part of the decision, councillor Linda Aitken requested administration prepare a forum report to consider the locations of adult stores within the City in the future.