Nedlands Bar Little Way on Broadway has been denied a small bar license over community noise concerns

A local business was “devastated” after the city of Nedlands rejected their application to extend their small bar license to a small area in the back.

The owners of Little Way on Broadway, twin brothers Corey and Adrian Stott, wanted parents to be able to take their drinks to a small area called “The Park,” which includes giant bowling, hula hoops, and games while they supervise their kids.

Guests are already allowed to drink outside, and the motion was not aimed at increasing the 120-guest capacity limit.

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City officials advised councilors to deny the request because it would bring the noise closer to the back of the space, which sits next to the back of apartment buildings.

There have been no noise complaints related to Little Way for three years.

Little Bar owners Adrian and Corey Stott.
camera iconLittle Bar owners Adrian and Corey Stott. Recognition: Ross Swanborough/The Western Australian

Cr Fergus Bennett rejected the motion, which passed 7-4, claiming the area was already “besieged” by development.

“I think the best thing for Little Way is to stay exactly the way it is,” Cr Bennett said.

“When you think of a community, don’t think of a group of people who can’t wait to go to a little bar and party. There are older people who get scared when they hear screaming at night. There are students trying to learn. There are people who are sick and are trying to rest.”

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Cr Bennett admitted the resident next door supported the application, but it came from a group of young tenants.

Cr Kerry Smyth said she has “concern for young children” and the “insidious intrusion of alcohol into every aspect of every part of our lives”.

You go to some restaurant and people drink wine with their kids.

“The arguments were about how mothers and fathers can be with their children with their alcohol in hand. But they’re also with other people’s children,” she said.

Corey Stott said they plan to appeal the council’s decision in the state administrative court.

Mr Stott said Little Way was “extremely responsible” about noise and did not understand Cr Smyth’s claims about alcohol around children.

“You go to some restaurant and people drink wine with their kids,” he said.

“We are devastated. As a small company, I feel like we’re not being supported.”

Supporters of her motion included Cr Noel Youngman, who said small bars were “enlivening the area” and those who bought houses in the area knew it was a commercial strip.

Cr Oliver Basson said the “mixed use” area was “very suitable for a small bar”.

“We see that in pretty much every area of ​​Perth, be it Mt Lawley, Leederville or Subiaco,” he said.

Cr Hengameh Amiry warned that denying the application would send the message to others who want to open a business that “it’s just too difficult with the city of Nedlands”.

Mayor Fiona Argyle, Cr Bennett, Cr Smyth, Cr Andrew Mangano, Cr Blane Brackenridge, Cr Rajah Senathirajah and Cr Rebecca Coghlan voted to deny the motion.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/perthnow-western-suburbs/small-bar-application-for-little-way-in-nedlands-rejected-c-8380001 Nedlands Bar Little Way on Broadway has been denied a small bar license over community noise concerns

Nate Jones

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