Wollongong City Council is currently considering a Development Application for a change of use to a commercial premises for a tattoo parlour and tattoo removalist for a commercial premise in Walker Street Helensburgh.
Council is assessing the Development Application in accordance with planning legislation and policies and will be carried out in accordance with relevant planning and policy documents. These policies look at the proposed use of the premises and what is allowed in the current zoning, which is B2 Local Centre.
Neighbourhood Forum 1 brought together 10 Community representatives that met with the Lord Mayor and Councillors Colacino and Petty on Tuesday 7th May to discuss the Tattoo Parlour DA and conveyed to the Lord Mayor and Councillors that the community object to a Tattoo Parlour in Helensburgh Shopping Centre.
The group represented business owners, landlords, business groups, community groups, residents and Neighbourhood Forum 1 spoke with and listened to the Lord Mayor for nearly an hour. The Lord Mayor informed the group that the proprietor of the proposed Tattoo Parlour would require a licence from Fair Trading that requires a very detailed Police Check and that he had spoken with the Local Area Commander and expresses the Community’s concern over the proposal. Both Wollongong City Council and the Police are aware of the community’s objection.
A method for residents and businesses to make a submission against DA-2013/394 to Councillor Colacine or Councillor Petty and they would confirm that it was a valid submission and forward them to Council without the submitters details as a concerned resident / business. The deadline has been extended to 23 May 2013.
The Community is asked to make a submission on this DA and it was pointed out that there is a Statutory Declaration that can be filed out that is to protect contact details for submissions to Council.
At Wednesday night’s Neighbourhood Forum 1 meeting, where the Tattoo Parlour DA was discussed for some time, a Police representative confirmed that the Police would be putting in a submission to Council on the DA and had taken notice of the community’s objection. The Police representative also pointed out that there are very stringent restrictions on licensees for tattoo parlours and that licences cannot be transferred.
Pressure is also being placed on the landlord and to this extent there is a petition in La Belle Boutique.
The community of 2508 is asked to place a submission with DA-2013/394 as the subject and send it to Wollongong City Council with the Statutory Declaration if needed or email a submission to Councillor Colacino (email@example.com) or Councillor Petty (firstname.lastname@example.org).