Controversial plans for an “Eat Street” type market to operate in the car park behind Cleveland Library will be considered by Redland City Council on 10 August.
The proposal is for a number of food and drink outlets to operate from facilities in the Cleveland Library car park for three days each week – Friday to Sunday.
Nearby residents have opposed the Eat Street plan saying the location is unsuitable. Existing Cleveland traders say the new competition, operating only on their busiest days, would make it harder for them to survive.
Hog’s Breath Cafe national operations manager Paul Piert said more than 50 restaurants operated in the district and they were already struggling, according to a Bulletin report.
The Council has already signed an agreement with 4 Simplicity Pty Ltd for a five year lease of the car park with the option of a five year extension if mutually agreed. The financial terms of this deal have not been been made publicly available.
It’s not clear when this agreement was signed and who authorised it on behalf of the Council. This decision effectively ruled out any chance for the community to have a say about plans for changing the use of this public land.
During the local government election caretaker period, Council CEO Bill Lyon signed an owner’s consent on 1 March 2016 which allowed the proponents to submit a code assessible development application, MCU013700, not subject to public consultation.
Loss of Cleveland CBD carparks and other issues
The proposal will result in loss of 19 carparks behind the Cleveland Library. While the proposed markets will only operate from Friday to Sunday each week, a number of shipping containers will be placed permanently in the Library car park.
The officers report says that 14 of these carparks are currently allocated to council fleet vehicles which can instead use other Council carparks in the CBD.
The report does not address the cumulative impact of planned developments on CBD car parking, such as the nearby Cleveland train station development plans where it’s proposed that 124 apartments be constructed without carparks for use by visitors.
Other issues considered by officers in their assessment include noise, odour and amenity. They have recommended that the application be approved with condiditions.
The officers report on this application is item 11.2.3 of the publicly available meeting agenda.
The meeting will be held at Council’s chambers in Bloomfield Street on Wednesday 10 August, commencing at 9:30 am.
Members of the public can observe proceedings from the public gallery.