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A PLAN to build a licensed tavern at Windsor railway station has seen Stonnington Council receive more than 30 objections fuelled largely by fears of rowdy patrons.
The council has received an application for a planning permit from Methodius Investments Pty Ltd to redevelop the heritage-listed site.
If approved, the applicant plans to turn part of the existing station building into a “tavern” catering to up to 175 patrons, build an on site cafe, and install a freestanding kiosk.
Some objectors fear alcohol and railway tracks don’t mix. Picture: David CroslingThe tavern would operate until either 11pm and 1am at night, depending on the evening, while the cafe and kiosk would open until 11pm, seven days a week.
Public advertisement of the $250,000 proposal took place last month.
Windsor station is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, which provides protection for places deemed to be of historic significance across the state
Information provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning describes the site as one of the finest examples of a suburban railway station in Melbourne.
Permits would be required to undertake works or alterations to the existing building under the Heritage Act 1995, but according to information provided by the department a permit would not be needed for use of the building to serve alcohol or food.
Stonnington Council received 35 objections to the proposal, which can be seen on the council’s online planning permit portal.
Nearby resident Alicia wrote in her objection that she feared the tavern would encourage drunken behaviour and result in more crime in the area.
“Despite police out on foot patrols, they already struggle to keep the area in order (and) allowing this new venue would make it ten times worse,” she wrote.
Another objector, Nigel, wrote that alcohol-affected patrons may come into contact with public transport users and were at serious risk of injury or death if they fell on to the train tracks.
“The proposed use is not consistent with such a public space,” he wrote.
Metro spokesman Marcus Williams said there were more than 100 businesses operating in station precincts across Melbourne.
And information provided by Metro notes that some of these tenants hold liquor licences.
“Our experience shows that bringing business activity to station precincts improves the look and feel for locals and passengers,” Mr Williams said.
Stonnington Council chief executive Warren Roberts said a decision had yet to be made on the application.
“Each planning application is assessed on its individual merits,” he said.
Methodius Investments Pty Ltd did not respond to the Leader’s request for comment.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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