A Bunbury hotel owner has been left feeling “dejected” and “disappointed” following a decision made at last week’s Bunbury City Council meeting. Simon Berns, co-owner of the Quality Hotel Lighthouse, objected to the proposed closure of the portion of road reserve on Carey Street at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Mr Berns said it came as a shock to him and his business partner that the road reserve was being amalgamated with Lot 330 and sold to a developer when the pair had made numerous attempts in the past to purchase the now sold road reserve. On June 30, 2015, Mr Berns met with City of Bunbury mayor Gary Brennan and Andrew Brien, CEO at the time, to discuss the closing of the road reserve. “The council indicated they were happy for us to purchase the road closure because we were going to spend more money on developing our building which in turn would create tourism dollars for the City of Bunbury,” Mr Berns said. “We then discussed it again on July 27, 2015 and also on January 22, 2020 — all documented visits. “We were told repeatedly not to make an application and that Lot 330 needed to be sold before we could make an application and ask the COB to purchase the property.” City of Bunbury chief executive officer Mal Osborne said the City acknowledged there were some past informal conversations between Mr Berns and the previous CEO regarding a portion of Carey Street. “Nothing eventuated from those conversations and no formal offer was received,” Mr Osborne said. “When the City initially listed the adjoining Lot 330 Ocean Drive on the market, the hotel’s owners met with City staff to discuss their options. Mr Osborne said Lot 330 Ocean Drive was part of an expression of interest process, of which an offer was received from Barnes Capital Projects. Mr Berns said the hotel’s views to the ocean would be obliterated. “We have spent more than $8 million over the last eight years to improve our facility and employ more people to create jobs in the region,” he said.