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COUNCIL CHANGES TO HILTON FENCING POLICY

 

Fremantle Council’s Strategic Planning and Transport Committee will this Wednesday consider changes to the fencing policy for the suburb of Hilton, so this is what the Officer’s Recommendation is:

Note the outcomes of the community consultation on the proposed changes to Local Planning Policy 3.7, as detailed in agenda Attachment 1.2.

Adopt the following amendments to clause 1.5 of Local Planning Policy 3.7: Hilton Garden Suburb Heritage Area, in accordance with Schedule 2, Clause 4 (3) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015:1.5 Street Walls and Fences 1.5.1 Street walls and fencing forward of the building line shall be a maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be a minimum of 30% visually permeable above 300 millimetres.

For properties located on the following streets, front fencing shall be visually permeable above 1.2 metres to a maximum height of 1.8 metres, with piers no higher than 2.0 metres:• South Street, between Stock Road and Lee Avenue.• Carrington Street, between South Street and Winterfold Road. • Winterfold Road, between Carrington Street and Collick Street.

Solid masonry (brick) rear fencing shall be permitted for those properties backing onto Stock Road to a maximum height of 2.0 metres.

Council may, at its discretion, vary the requirements of clause 1.5.1 where it is satisfied that the proposed street wall and/or fence: a. Is consistent with character of the prevailing streetscape (including, in relation to this clause only, the house directly across the street and the three houses on either side of that opposing house, where these are located within the Hilton Heritage Areas) AND maintains clear surveillance between the street and the dwelling; orb. is a maximum of 1.5m in height and a minimum of 50% visually permeable. Notwithstanding the above, visually impermeable fencing above 300 millimeters in height will not be supported.

Fencing with a high proportion of visual permeability and reflective of fencing styles and materials traditional to the area (primarily post and wire/mesh infill) is strongly encouraged.

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NEW HILTON FACE FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, hilton, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 11, 2019

 

Fremantle Hilton Ward Councillor Jeff McDonald has announced on Facebook that he won’t try to retain his seat on Council at the October local government election, as it is very hard to balance family and work commitments with council duties for him.

Jeff is very busy as a health professional at Fremantle and Fiona Stanley hospitals, so the Fremantle community owes him a lot of gratitude for his commitment.

I have been impressed with Jeff’s dedication and commitment, his willingness to listen and learn and to always put his community first.

Thanks Jeff!

 

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HEAD OUT TO HILTON TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, gardening, hilton, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2019

 

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Hilton Tram Tour

Glass Houses&Green Futures is on today at the Hilton Harvest Community Garden from 2.30-6pm.

It is also on the route of the Magical Mystery Tram Tour that is on from 12 midday to 3pm.

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HILTON MAGICAL MYSTERY TRAM TOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, community, hilton, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2019

 

The Hilton Precinct Group wants to take the Fremantle community away on a Magical Mystery Tram Tour of Hilton hotspots this weekend.

From midday until 3pm this Saturday July 13 the Fremantle Tram will ferry people along a special route taking in local cafes and businesses, with entertainment at each venue and special offers for tram riders.

The free tram will be operating for three hours where people can jump on and jump off at any of the stops along the way.

It will leave from the car park at Hilltop Coffee every 30 minutes and finish at the local community garden, and there will be live music, DJ’s, face painting, coffee and dessert tastings and hamper giveaways.

On the tram there will be talented and entertaining musical MC Justin Walshe who will point out all the Hilton landmarks along the way.

The Magical Mystery Tour will include stops at Hilltop Coffee in the Hilton town centre, Rennie Crescent cafes and deli, Pound Coffee Roasters, Charlie’s Café and the Hilton Harvest Community Garden.

The end of the tour will coincide with the start of the Fremantle Festival event Glass Houses and Green Futures.

The City of Fremantle gave the Hilton town centre a facelift last year in an effort to slow traffic along South Street and create a safer and more welcoming environment.

The works included changing the colour of the roadway, removing the unsightly fences on the edge of the road and installing new garden beds and street furniture.

Co-convenor of Hilton Precinct Group Britta Mathews said another aim of the Magical Mystery Tour was to connect people within the Hilton community.

“We’re going to use it as a way to promote the precinct group and encourage people to come along to future meetings and do more things in the community,” Ms Mathews said.

 

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HILTON CURRY CLUB RESTAURANT FINED

Posted in city of fremantle, food, health, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle has successfully taken the Hilton Curry Club restaurant to court for breaching food handling regulations.

The restaurant owner was fined $ 25,000 for multiple breaches including failing to store food properly, cleanliness of the kitchen and lack of hand washing facilities.

The restaurant was also fined previously three years ago.

Keeping a busy commercial kitchen clean is a constant battle for the operators, but it needs to be done to protect the health of the customers.

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HILTON FENCES DEBATE ON AGAIN

 

Fences in the Fremantle suburb of Hilton have been debated at Fremantle Council frequently lately because of unauthorised and inappropriate fences being built by home owners.

On Wednesday the Hilton fences policy will come before the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee with the officers proposing only minor changes. The policy would basically remain the same but with some flexibility to allow for variations.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
Council:
1. Resolves to endorse the following modification to Clause 1.5 of the Hilton
Garden Suburbs Precinct Heritage Area Local Planning Policy 3.7 for the
purposes of community consultation:
1.5Street Walls and Fences
1.5.1 Street walls and fencing forward of the building line shall be a
maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be visually permeable
above 300 millimetres.
1.5.2 For properties located on South Street, between Stock Road and
Lee Avenue, front fencing shall be visually permeable above 1.2
metres to a maximum height of 1.8 metres, with piers no higher
than 2.0 metres.
1.5.3 Solid masonry (brick) rear fencing shall be permitted for those
properties backing onto Stock Road to a maximum height of 2.0
metres.
Council may, at its discretion, vary the requirements of clause 1.5.1
where it is satisfied that the proposed street wall and/or fence:
a. Is consistent with character of the prevailing streetscape (including,
in relation to this clause only, the house directly across the street and
the three houses on either side of that opposing house, where these
are located within the Hilton Heritage Areas) AND maintains clear
surveillance between the street and the dwelling; or
b. is a maximum of 1.5m in height and a minimum of 80% visually
permeable.
2. Request the preparation of community engagement material including clear
explanations and diagrams and undertake consultation on the proposed
changes to Clause 1.5 of the Hilton Garden Suburbs Precinct Heritage Area
Local Planning Policy 3.7 in accordance with Local Planning Policy 1.3 and
the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.
3. Notes that the conduct of the review of the fencing provisions of the Hilton
Garden Suburbs Precinct Heritage Area Local Planning Policy 3.7 responds
to the review requested in the petition presented to Council on 12 December 2018.

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FREMANTLE COUNCIL SITTING ON THE FENCE

Posted in architecture, buildings, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018

 

The illegal fences in the Fremantle suburb of Hilton are becoming as big as Donald Trump’s fence against the ‘illegal’ Mexicans.

Fremantle Council last night decided to sit on the fence regarding the applications to retrospectively approve two unauthorised fences in Hilton. Instead of approving or rejecting the application the majority of councillor voted for an amendment by Hilton councillor Jeff McDonald to review council’s fencing policy for the garden suburb.

I like it that councillor McDonald is trying to look after his fellow Hiltonites so well, but have to agree with councillor Andrew Sullivan that there is nothing wrong with the current policy and that council should not change policy every time it has to make a decision.

And to the person in the public gallery who called out “It’s democracy” Yep, mate. Councils make policies and local laws and you abide by them, so don’t build a fence without Council approval and then have a whinge about the unfairness of it all!

Councillor Jon Strachan’s said that council has many more important issues to address at present than reviewing a fence policy in just one suburb.

Only councillors Waltham, Strachan and Sullivan voted against the amendment.

Some thoughts about fences by people who are a lot more intelligent and creative than I am:

  • Creativity is the essence of fencing
  • Safety is fences, and fences are for sheep
  • If a person can build a fence around himself he is bound to do so
  • Good fences make good neighbours
  • It is absurd that we individualise ourselves with fences

But on a more serious note; I believe Fremantle Council probably should look at all fence policies because of urban infill, tiny and small houses, and subdivisions of suburban blocks where back fences become front fences.

The world is forever changing and so is good old Freo!

Roel Loopers

 

DON’T FENCE ME IN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, crime, democracy, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2018

 

The only thing missing last night at Councillor Jeff McDonald’s slide show about fences in Hilton was the Don’t Fence Me In soundtrack by Bing Crosby.

McDonald had done a photographic survey of compliant and non-compliant fences in the garden suburb because there were three items about fences on the Fremantle Planning Committee agenda. It was all about height and permeability of the fences that needed retrospective approval, or refusal, from our elected members.

Like McDonald, a member of the public had also surveyed the Hilton fences and stated that at least half of them were non-compliant, but Councillor Ingrid Waltham rightly pointed out that the fact that there are many non-compliant fences did not mean council should approve another one. Too true! Just because most motorists ignore road rules does not mean we should all ignore them.

Mayor Brad Pettitt is a big picture thinker and was probably influenced by the French riots and fearing a Fence Revolution in Fremantle when he said that it would undermine good process to approve non-compliant fences. Where would it leave us if we don’t have any rules?

It was all about some of the fences being too high or not permeable, and public speakers rambled on far too long to show they had done their home work until the early hours and googled everything about planning rules, legislations and loopholes, of which Councillors and staff are obviously aware, so making a few succinct points only would have been much better, much faster, and less boring.

A permeable fence is basically the negligee, or see-through, of fences, and legislators believe they allow passive surveillance by home owners of what happens on the street. It appears the planning gurus believe that these fences are like one-way mirrors and that burglars can’t look into the properties through these fences, especially at night when the house lights are on and the streets dark.

The tedium of council process was evident last night and while at a previous committee meeting I had at least the stunning new zebra shoes of Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge to look at to relieve the boredom, but I had nothing last night. So note to self. Bring a tablet for the next meeting so you can play chess on the computer.

And after all that I even forgot to note if all three fences were retrospectively approved or not, but I think one of them was deferred for improvement.

By the way, the Ordinary Council meeting next Wednesday night will be held at the Fremantle Townhall, so don’t go to North Freo!

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HILTON TOWN CENTRE PARTY!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 22, 2018

 

Nov 23 Hilton town party

 

The Hilton Town Centre Party is on tomorrow, Friday November 23 from 3-5pm so come and enjoy the fun!

It is about celebrating the new look of the town centre which also hopes to have created a safer environment for pedestrians.

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COLOURFUL HILTON TOWN CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, hilton, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2018

 

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The Hilton town centre has become a bit more colourful and traffic changes hopefully will make it safer as well.

It looks quite cute, although the low fence-like structures could have been at least a metre high.

The no right turn out of Paget Street onto South Street was ignored already as the tall photo I took this morning shows.

Roel Loopers

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