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IS CAP STRIP PART CLOSURE FAIR TO OTHER TRADERS?

Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle by freoview on April 7, 2016

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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.

Roel Loopers

CAPPUCCINO STRIP CLOSURE TRIAL

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism by freoview on April 3, 2016

 

The first of three closures of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip is on today from 10am to 10 pm, but it was quiet in Fremantle after a very busy long Easter weekend. It looked o.k. but the part closure did not do it for me.

It makes little sense to let cars drive into Market Street, divert them through Bannister and Pakenham Street back into High Street, when one could close off Market Street at High Street. That would also help to not create a traffic jam in Pakenham Street, where traffic coming from Collie Street meets up with the diverted traffic from Barrister Street.

It seems unfair to the traders between Collie and Essex Street that the closure does not include their part of the strip and that is a disadvantage to their trade and profits. Do the cafes and bars in the closed off area pay more for their extended alfresco areas? If not that is unfair to those who pay for their alfresco areas and can’t more than double it for free during closure of the street.

It is a trial, so we will all learn from it and see what works and does not work. I would like to see stalls between High and Bannister Street.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO FUN SUNDAY AHEAD.

Posted in fremantle, lifestyle by freoview on April 2, 2016

I am really far too old for quickies, but here a very short quick quicky to remind you all that tomorrow’s GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET will be a big one as it is the first Sunday of the month.

After that head out to the Cappuccino Strip for the first of the Sunday traffic closure trial. Live entertainment, cafes out on the strip, cosy seats, kids stuff, just very relaxing Freo fun!

I’ll be at both events so if you can’t stand me put some shades on and ignore me, but don’t miss out on the fun! ; >)

Roel Loopers

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SUNDAYS ON THE CAPPUCCINO STRIP FUN DAYS

Posted in city of fremantle, community by freoview on March 29, 2016

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Sometimes the City of Fremantle does actually listen to the community and implement what we are asking for. During three Sundays in April the Cappuccino Strip will be closed for traffic and will be a pedestrian mall only.

It will happen this coming Sunday April 3 and 10 and 17, so come and join the SUNDAYS ON THE STRIP very Freo fun!

The cafes and bars will extend out onto the strip, there will be lounge areas to just sit and watch the passing parade, and there will be a kids craft zone, fairies, face painting, live music and street performers. It will be a hoot!

Roel Loopers

SUNSET AT THE FREO CAPPUCCINO STRIP

Posted in fremantle, heritage, photography, tourism by freoview on March 17, 2016

 

I had a busy day yesterday that started in the morning with photographing the heritage-listed Warders Cottages which are being restored, and ended late afternoon with photographing the fully restored historic Gunners Cottages, before going to Fremantle Council to hear there that the Townhall will also be restored, so a very good day for heritage in Fremantle.

I was a bit early for the Council meeting, so wandered around Freo and took these late light photos of the Cappuccino Strip and Sail&Anchor pub.

Get ready for car free Cappuccino Strip  Sundays during three weekends in April!

Roel Loopers

WELCOME A SALTED BOARD

Posted in fremantle, hospitality by freoview on February 8, 2016

Salted Board

 

A very nice-looking new cafe/bar has opened on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. Salted Board looks lovely opposite The Monk so try it out and support a new local business. I will check it out later this week.

Roel Loopers

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ALFRESCO POPULAR IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, tourism by freoview on December 16, 2015

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Alfresco is the new black in Fremantle with new so-called parklets and other outdoor eating and drinking areas popping up all around town. The Newport Hotel on the Cappuccino Strip and the Ball&Chain bar at the Esplanade Hotel created two good-looking ones.

Roel Loopers

MEN AT WORK FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on May 8, 2015

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Just another street photo I shot this morning at the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. Smile. ; > )

Roel Loopers

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WHO WANTS TO REVITALISE THE OLD KULCHA SPACE

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on February 22, 2015

Evan Davies building

The City of Fremantle is seeking proposals for the commercial lease of the iconic Evan Davies Building which sits in the heart of the cappuccino strip.

The former KULCHA building above the DOME cafe includes a bar, stage, DJ box, open function space, office, male/female toilets, kitchen and a large balcony.

Proposals should include how it will add value to Fremantle and the community as well as demonstrate strong financial viability and a solid business plan. Proposals close Wednesday 8 April. Visit http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/evandavieseoi

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MARKET STREET TO BECOME A PEDESTRIAN ZONE

Posted in city of fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on February 10, 2015

The City of Fremantle noticeboard advertisement in the Fremantle Gazette today announces the weekend closure trial of Market Street starting the weekend of March 27. The street will be closed from 5 pm on Friday until 11 pm on Sunday, as part of a trial to make Market Street into a pedestrian only zone.

If the closure applies to all of Market Street it would also mean one way traffic along the Cappuccino Strip as traffic from the north would have to be diverted along Phillimore Street and the West End, while traffic coming from the South along South Terrace would have to be diverted either through Collie or Bannister street.

It would also mean blocking off Cantonment Street, so there will be traffic chaos galore unless very good traffic management is in place.

Roel Loopers

STOP PRESS!  the City now advises me this only applies to the tiny Market Street ‘piazza’ behind Gino’s between Nairn Street and South Terrace. Not sure why that was not communicated in the advertisement. It would have helped to avoid misunderstandings.

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