THE City of Stirling is continuing to pursue its court case against Trigg institution Yelo, accusing the cafeof breaching planning permits.
The City also claims that it has had numerous complaints about Yelo customer’s cars blocking driveways, parking unsafely and creating congestion in the area.
I live two doors down from Yelo, and I can honestly say I have never had a single issue with it or its friendly and courteous customers.
I have got to know people from the surrounding streets that I would have never met if it was not for Yelo and I have never seen anyone parking on verges or across driveways.
In fact, the only issue I have ever seen is people parking across the footpath in front of Yelo on West Coast Drive, but that can be remedied easily with some bollards or continuing to fine the perpetrators.
Regardless of the solution, it is the responsibility of the council, not Yelo, to make sure public footpaths are not obstructed.
The council claims it is getting 11 complaints a month regarding Yelo, but I would hazard a guess that it is the same two or three people making multiple complaints each month.
I want to encourage those people making complaints to come down, have a coffee and actually experience what Yelo has to offer.
I have no doubt they would see what a fantastic addition to the area Yelo is and enjoy the incredible energy and vibe around the place.
The council has consistently said that installing cameras at the Trigg beach, Mettam and Hamersley pools bathrooms would be too expensive, and we are still yet to get underground power, leaving us vulnerable to power outages and ruining the area’s aesthetic.
But instead of investing in these types of causes, the council has decided to waste ratepayers’ money on an unwarranted court case against Yelo.
I implore the City to give up on its ridiculous court case and instead focus on providing the residents with improved amenities and facilities.
I encourage everyone to sign the Yelo petition and to support Yelo when it goes to court on November 23. Every voice counts, so make yours is heard and let us make sure Yelo is not forced out by the City.
PHIL BOTSIS, Trigg.