An application to extend the trading hours of Kinselas Hotel has sparked outrage from residents over the state of Taylor Square.
City of Sydney Council is currently considering granting Kinselas a 24-hour liquor licence -” an extension of three hours to their 9am-6am licence.
Locals say such an extension will only exacerbate existing problems in the Taylor Square area.
At present Kinselas has trading 9am to 6am the next day, seven days a week. This three-hour break gives the local residents a breather from noisy, often drunken, behaviour of patrons, said local man Fred Schier.
Spokesman for the Nichols St Community Group Brian Noad called on residents to file submissions to oppose the move.
Taylor Square needs action from council that generates controversy, creates lively discussions and makes the square a more pedestrian-friendly, lively, appealing and unique living and entertainment zone, he said.
The Nichols St group is keen to see further action on council plans to re-develop the area. They have suggested introducing a cafe, more regular market events or possibly fairy lights to brighten the area.
But what we get is a failed water feature, fluttering flags, a disused toilet and a grassy hill, all of which fall short of any vision, Noad said.
Council is still considering its Oxford St Cultural Quarter Strategy and has plans to introduce public art into the area in October as part of Art & About. Inspired by London’s Fourth Plinth Project in Trafalgar Square, three local artists will have their works displayed at the old toilet block.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the project would engage the community and give new life to an under-used part of Taylor Square.
info: Submissions on Kinselas’ development application can be sent to City of Sydney via http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ until August 28.