Not sure at all that I like the new Coca Cola awning at the old Fremantle CAPRI restaurant on the Cappuccino Strip.
Work on the Little Market Street Piazza behind the Dome and Gino’s will start soon in Fremantle and through traffic from Collie and Nairn streets to the Cappuccino Strip is now no longer an option.
New seats and trees will be installed in the next weeks, weather permitting, so enjoy Freo’s tiny new square.
I know the part closure of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip on Sundays is only a trial but I’d like to give my five cents worth already.
I don’t understand when there are road closures with huge signs that there is still a need for traffic control people in high visibility all weather gear to be standing around all day doing nothing, as the traffic control is done by signage and does not require human intervention during the period of the closure.
There were at least four such people last Sunday from around 9 am till 10 pm, so that is a cost the City of Fremantle does not have to have. That also applies to other events and festivals where the yellow and orange people are just engaging in people watching and take no active part in traffic control once they have put the signs in place. This is not an attack on the traffic controllers but I am asking why are they there all day when they are not needed?
Unfair trading is also something Council needs to consider as those cafes, bars, restaurants who are operating outside the closed part of the Cap Strip are disadvantaged as they can not have more tables and seats outside, while those within the area can double their alfresco areas. That is not fair and affects profits. There is a herd mentality in humans, so most people will want to be where the crowd is and that is within the closed off part of the street.
I cannot see a reason why the road could not be closed from Essex Street to High Street, as traffic from the South to the Colllie Street carpark can be diverted into Essex, right into the laneway behind the Mexican Kitchen and then left into Collie for parking or to continue to the Esplanade or right into Pakenham through to the west end and Philimore Street.
Traffic should be diverted at the High Street intersection, not at Bannister Street. There is no benefit in allowing cars to drive down Market, turn right into Bannister, then right into Pakenham and then left into High Street, so one might as well put market stalls and/or buskers in Market Street between High and Bannister.
I was at last week’s event from 10.30 till 12.30 and there were no buskers during that time. I was told one did not turn up at 10 am. There needs to be more and constant entertainment and the facepaint fairy tent should be brought to the corner of Market and the Cappuccino Strip, so that families can easier find it.
I like the idea of a permanent closure of the Strip on Sundays, especially during the warmer months, but it needs to be fine tuned a bit. We also need to find out if those who now extend their alfresco areas without paying for it would be happy to pay for the additional space.