Restaurant wins support over council marquee ban
WEIS Restaurant owner John Pohlman says he has been overwhelmed by messages of support for his restaurant.
Yesterday, The Chronicle reported that Toowoomba Regional Council rejected Weis Restaurant's development application to use a marquee permanently, citing noise and neighbourhood overlay concerns.
Mr Pohlman said he had received numerous phone calls and message saying the application should have been approved.
"We expected support, but not to the extent we got.
"It's indicative of a feeling in the community.
"We've been here 46 years and people want to see Weis go on," he said.
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The Toowoomba community took to social media to voice their outrage at the decision to knock back the Weis Restaurant application.
An online poll asking if council building regulations were too stringent had 450 people respond of which 76% said "yes".
Tammy Tarrant called Weis a "fabulous restaurant" and said it put "so much into Toowoomba".
"It is disgusting that the council is hurting Toowoomba businesses.
"Between these and parking and everything else going on it seems the council wants Toowoomba business to fail. It's disgraceful."
Annamaria Zuccoli took to Facebook to voice her opinion.
"I feel sorry for the Pohlman family.
"It seems like this council will not help the small family businesses," she wrote.
The ultimate fate of the marquee will be decided at the next council ordinary meeting on Tuesday.
WHAT YOU SAID
- Donna Sorrensen: TRC have gone crazy. They're worried about a marquee but look at the stupid developments they've approved. The sizes of blocks of land are ridiculous. When you hear of developers at Cambooya being told the largest size block they are allowed is 800 m2, you know the council have lost their minds.
- John Quinn: Marquee as you enter Toowoomba or Golden Arches?
- Mick Barkla: Weis was there first. People these days are down right pathetic. You buy a house next to a restaurant what else do you expect?
- Joyce Holder: It was put up and used as a permanent structure. Maybe the restaurant should have followed rules to start with. If they wanted to build another building they would need council approval. The restaurant was trying to take a short cut and have been caught out.
- Clayton Rogers: It's been there for more than 12 months. Everyone else has to get approval.
- Sue Judd: Typical, get off your high and mighty horse council and start being human.
- Daneka Wolrige: We live up the road and have never heard any loud music coming from anywhere.
- Tilly MyKat: They were trying to take a shortcut and avoid council applications. They're a profitable business and having that extra room means allowing them to book bigger weddings and functions. They should have to follow the same rules as everybody else. And running a business costs money.
- Tracey Turnbull: It's a marquee with no doors or windows. It doesn't need council approval. Tell them to get lost.