Brides reassured after council cans canvas marquee
WEIS Restaurant owner John Pohlman has reassured brides that their weddings will go ahead as planned after Toowoomba Regional Council voted to knock back a development application for the restaurant's wedding venue.
Councillors voted six to four to formally reject the application at today's ordinary meeting.
Despite the blow, Mr Pohlman said he would make sure that, if the public had a wedding or function booked at Weis Restaurant, it would be business as usual.
"At our cost, we will make sure they will get what they have come to expect," he said.
Pohlman Group chief operating officer Ross Cronin said a conversation would be held with the Pohlman family and board about whether to proceed with any further applications.
"We thought we had half a chance to get the required votes, and we only needed one, but we couldn't get it," he said.
"We had a lot of support from some councillors, but others didn't want it to happen through hell or high water.
"We will ensure that the people who have booked functions and weddings are protected and we'll work with council to ensure we can honour those bookings."
He said that if the restaurant could come to an arrangement with council, there was a possibility functions would continue to be held in the marquee.
"We've got functions booked all the way through next year."
Mr Cronin said the silk-lined marquee cost $150,000 and may have to be sold.
"We're not going to appeal the decision. We haven't got the money or the time."
Council's Planning and Development Services general manager Stewart Somers said officers were aware of the issues and sensitivities surrounding weddings and associated activities.
He said the council would not move against the restaurant (which was given a show cause notice about its marquee on September 23 last year) if there was another application put before the council.
"It is normal practice that where there has been compliance action that it be put in complete abeyance while the council is considering the application's compliance," he said.
Weis Restaurant spent around $50,000 on the application and may receive a discount if it submits another.