NO LIES FROM FREO MAYOR
I just had a heated conversation with Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who is very upset I wrote on this blog that he had lied about the Planning Scheme Amendment 49 area not being in a heritage part of Fremantle. Brad is adamant that he did not lie or try to be dishonest about this, but that it is his belief, and that of the City’s planning staff and the City’s heritage architect that PSA 49 is in a non heritage part of the city.
In light of that I am obviously totally happy to appologise to the Mayor as I did not intend to insult or offend him!
However, Brad and I disagree on this, as it is my belief PSA 49 does affect significant heritage buildings in the inner city, hence I qualify it as a heritage area. There is not much we can do about our disagreement on this, but I unreservedly accept that this is what Brad believes in and that he did not lie.
I hope we can move on from this and resurrect the cordial and respectful relationship we have had.
On the comment on this blog that the Mayor is not a full time one, I have to disagree, as Brad is around whenever I am in town. Many residents of Fremantle have mentioned to me that he is one of the most accessible mayors the City has ever had, and I have never found it difficult to communicate with him, as he will always respond to emails and calls.
No doubt Brad and I will disagree on quite a few things in the future, but as the elected leader of our city he deserves our courtesy. He will get that from me, together with any criticism, if I think he and council get things wrong.