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    Mar272014

    Fratelli Paradiso loses footpath dining application 

    Restrictions on outdoor dining for Fratelli Paradiso ... Strange policy inconsistencies in Challis Ave's late night wining and dining ... Rights of appeal restricted ... Bureaucratic complications 

    Famed Challis Ave nosherie, Fratelli Paradiso, has had its application for slightly expanded outdoor dining rejected by the City of Sydney. 

    The Challis Ave restaurant is seeking to expand its outdoor dining capacity from 12 to 14 chairs (nine tables) and to trade on the footpath for an extra hour - till 11pm during the week and on Saturdays. 

    A planning and development sub-committee of council has rejected the application on five grounds: 

    1. The proposal does not enhance the amenity and quality of life of the local community. 

    2. The application fails to satisfy the objectives and provisions within the Late Night Trading Management plan. 

    3. A number of substantiated incidents investigated by council during the last 12 months have demonstrated that the ongoing management of the footway by the restaurant has been unsatisfactory.

    4. The proposed number of tables and chairs in the footway is inconsistent with the City of Sydney Café Policy 2001. The proposal would result in an over congested seating area and would be likely to adversely impact upon the safety and convenience of both patrons and pedestrians.

    5. The proposal is not in the public interest. 

    The council says that the sub-committee's decision is now the end of the matter. Because of a change in NSW government planning policy there is only a very limited right of appeal. 

    The inconsistent application of the late night trading policy is glaring, particularly in the case of Challis Ave where there are six restaurants all within a few metres of each other. 

    For instance, Fai Jai is licensed to trade from 7am to 11pm; Hemmes' Fish Shop can trade till midnight and the Sardine Room can sell sardines till midnight. 

    Yet, Fratelli Paradiso, with its excellent record wonderful Italian waiters and real contribution to the life of the district, has to stop serving outdoor tables at 10pm. 

    This will have a significant economic effect on the establishment' already operating in a competitive environment. 

    We've seen adverse council decisions result in the closure of La Croix in Macleay St and No.29 Challis Ave. 

    Devotees of FP would be in deep mourning if their favourite haunt left the hood. 

    The footpath tables at Fratelli Paradiso do not impede pedestrian traffic - something that cannot be said for the Fish Shop next door. Frequently, pedestrians have to navigate onto the roadway to get past the crowds milling outside Hemmes' eatery. 

    In its DA submission FP said it had a blemish free 12 year trading history. 

    It has never been investigated or charged for breach or non-compliance of regulations governing liquor, commercial trading, health and safety or food standards. 

    Suzie Matthews, the council's business and safety manager, who was in charge of developing late night economy strategies, has wanted a more diversified hospitality environment for the locality - economic activity that was not so dependant on the beer barns. 

    Intimate neighbourhood restaurants, where you can sit under the stars with a meal and some wine, provide an alternative to the swill halls that have infested the area. 

    It might have been expected that the council would have done everything to support their economic survival. 

    Maybe a political response is required to overturn this bureaucratic decision. 

    Here are the City councillors and their emails.  

    Fire away. 

    See: 

    Late Night Trading Management section 3.15

    City of Sydney assessment report 

    City of Sydney notice of determination  

    Something weird in Challis Ave  

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