FREMANTLE SWAMPED BY UGLINESS
Fremantle is in danger of being swamped by ugliness and becoming a city with a split personality. At one end of town we have the gorgeous heritage West End, but at the other end we are getting boring bland mediocrity and ugly modern buildings in the East End that don’t reference Fremantle’s character and show little to no respect for Freo’s heritage and lifestyle.
We need to start a Keep Freo Fantastic! campaign to encourage our Councillors and planning staff to tighten the screws and put new rules in place which will stop the cheap blandness developers propose for the east of the CBD.
There is nothing outstanding about the Defence Housing project on Queen Victoria Street, and just down the road the development next to St Pats, approved by the State DAP, is even worse.
Go further west and the mediocre Hilton Doubletree hotel will pop up in a few years time and only a hundred metres west from that the ugly eight-storey building on the former Spotlight site at Adelaide Street is up for approval.
The very worst of all development proposals for the CBD will come to Council soon in the form of an utterly disgraceful five-storey building proposal at Mills Records in Adelaide Street at Kings Square. This is such outrageous ugliness that the City of Fremantle should kick it out and not even let the Design Advisory Panel look at it and suggest improvements, because it is impossible to improve shit even when you spray it with French perfume.
I support infill and higher density in appropriate locations in Fremantle but I will strongly fight any proposals that show absolute disregard for Fremantle’s beauty and heritage! We need to urgently get new planning rules to stop Freo being swamped by architectural shit!