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Public Submissions Close Tuesday 7 June 5pm

500 Person Tavern for 47 Pakenham Street


(The Fremantle Society request that you also make a submission through council's website under Have My Say)

Fremantle Society submission on 47 Pakenham Street due 7 June, 2022

Executive Summary:

Based on discussions with affected residents, nearby businesses, and having over 20 years experience dealing with inner city liquor issues, the Fremantle Society comments:

a) That 500 patrons is excessive given the size of similar premises nearby with much lower numbers.

b) That the proposal is contrary to the amenity of nearby residents, especially given council's own Business Plan some years' ago for the revitalisation of the inner city stating that there should be a "quadrupling of the number of residents" (from 500 to 2,000 dwellings).

c) That the proposed development is not a high quality outcome for the important West End Precinct.

Additionally,  the Fremantle Society supports all of the notes below under Community Concerns put together by residents.

The Fremantle Society further notes that alcohol is fast becoming a vexed issue again, with some 130 liquor licences already in the town, and too much emphasis on alcohol in new developments.

The current mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge's own comments the very first time she spoke at council following her election in 2016 are a case in point.

She rose to speak in support of a liquor licence proposal for a bar in the middle of a busy traffic roundabout on the corner of Cliff and Phillimore Streets. Besides being a ludicrous and dangerous location, the proposal, at the entrance to the port,  angered Fremantle Ports. While that proposal is yet to proceed, council needs to appreciate it is not just the number of people inside a licensed premises that is the concern, but all aspects of getting people to and from the venue without detriment to others.

Fremantle Council has for some years encouraged the focus on small well run bars, and the good ones have been integrated seamlessly into the community of residents in the West End.

It appears that the Heritage Council and Design Advisory Committee have given the developer different messages about the style of infill building they would support.  Miissing from the documents available are notes from the Design Advisory Committee showing deliberations to improve the outcomes. Given that the community pay over $1,000 an hour for that committee to operate, it is essential their deliberations be made available as the Heritage Council ones have.

The end result of the proposal put forward is that it could be a showroom in Osborne Park. It doesn't reference Fremantle well enough. Its height and bulk are acceptable, but there has only been a minimal effort to produce something of high quality.

The Fremantle Society suggests council insist on the use of the Local Identity Codes they spent $140,000 developing, and give a copy to the developer to guide his plans.

Community Concerns Regarding Proposed Tavern at 47 Pakenham

  1. Operating Hours. The Applicant has submitted that their hours of operation will be approximately 7am to midnight, subject to demand. We note that given this is a residential area, every side of the proposed Tavern is flanked by residential buildings. As one resident stated, the proposal means the business will be operating “relentlessly and without let up”.
 
  1. Number of Licences and Capacity. Currently, there are 131 liquor licences issued in the area[1]. While the community enjoys the small bar scene experienced in Fremantle, residents are concerned that the number of patrons (500) and the quantity of alcohol proposed to being served at this venue and others in proximity, is too great. There is a direct link between alcohol and antisocial behaviour. Sadly, Fremantle is ranked 283 in crime statistics and is on the scale as a suburb with “most crime”[2]. The most common crime is assault. There is no doubt that alcohol is a contributing factor to this statistic. 
 
  1. Street Noise from patrons coming and going. Given that the proposal suggests patrons park in car parks away from the venue at Fremantle’s various car parks, street noise is likely to be wide-spread. 
 
  1. Takeaway alcohol. The proposal includes provision to sell branded beer 10am to 8pm daily. This is of particular concern, incentivising drinking in public areas. This provision significantly increases the risk of anti-social behaviours.
 
  1. Waste Management. The venue proposes a truck loading bay. However, residents fail to see a truck can manoeuvre around the alfresco area and between the existing street lamp to enter into and then reverse out of (or vice versa) that loading bay. This would cause considerable congestion. It would likely be that a truck would:
 
  1. utilise the intersection of Nairn and Pakenham (one way) in order to carry out a reverse manoeuvre into the loading bay; or
 
  1. for ease, park across the driveways of 47 and 45 Pakenham.
 
  1. Noise/Odour Emissions. Residents note a stage for live music is planned and residents believe that during ticketed events such capacity is likely to be reached. Residents note the following concerns:
 
  1. There is no air-lock included in the available plans to prevent noise escaping as patrons enter and exit the venue
 
  1. Noise and odours from kitchen exhaust fans. 
 
  1. Ventilation of toilet facilities and sewer vents. 
 
  1. Ventilation mechanical noise have been a problem with other restaurants in this neighbourhood, for example Bread in Common, Strange Company, Duck Duck Bruce and Sandino’s. Such issues needed to be addressed after residents fought hard and after the plans had been approved and the building had been built. Residents do not wish for this process to be repeated, yet again.
 
  1. Parking and traffic. Residents are concerned with:
 
  1. Where the additional 500 patrons will park; and
 
  1. The impact of an additional 500 patrons will have on street parking and, in particular, permitted street parking.
 
Further, Pakenham Street is narrow and at times, already congested. The increase in Taxi and Uber cars this venue will generate will have a significant and detrimental impact on the flow of traffic in Pakenham. Residents in Phillimore Street have already experienced a traffic flow problem since the opening of Gage Roads.
 
It is common for traffic to speed or to proceed down Pakenham contrary to flow. An increase in traffic is likely to exacerbate these existing problems.

 
  1. Heritage. Many of our residents fail to see any characteristics of the Gold Boom period reflected in the proposed new building façade. It is also noted that the second story gable roof (33deg pitch) is clearly visible above the façade, which is generally not acceptable in Pakenham Street and seems out of place when viewed from Nairn Street. The bill-board style of commercial advertising inherent in the proposed design is also foreign to, and clashes with, the heritage style of street frontages in the West End.
 
  1. Proximity to Headspace (13.5m)
 
  1. Location
 
The new proposed Tavern is surrounded by purely residential buildings. The proposed late night entertainment venue and commercial kitchen is seeking to operate in a firmly established, densely populated residential enclave.
 
Our West End Community
 
The residents wish to reiterate that we love living in the West End with all it has to offer, including the small bars. Venues such as Strange Company, Republic of Fremantle and Darling Darling have created a sense of style that is both desirable and responsible. These venues carry much less risk of anti-social behaviour than a larger Tavern type venue.
 
Most of our residents would welcome a small niche business that would add significant flare to the Pakenham, Collie, Nairn Street neighbourhood.
 
This is an historical, residential area. This proposal will ruin the amenity of the West End and destroy the peace and quiet of the residents who have chosen to live here for the peaceful character of this part of Fremantle
 
[2] https://www.perthcrimemap.com/



John Dowson
President
The Fremantle Society
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