Park­ing in Mt Barker’s town cen­tre could un­dergo a ma­jor re­vamp un­der a Shire of Plan­ta­genet plan.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

Mt Barker could soon re­ceive a park­ing re­vamp in its main street as dis­cussed at the most re­cent Shire of Plan­ta­genet meet­ing.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Rob Ste­wart has started ne­go­ti­a­tions with re­tail prop­erty own­ers of land on the west side of the main street, which will con­tinue should the coun­cil agree to rec­om­men­da­tions pre­sented.

The mat­ter of park­ing in the re­tail precinct was raised by coun­cil­lors at the De­cem­ber 2016 meet­ing, where a re­port was re­quested by next month.

Man­ager de­vel­op­ment ser­vices Pe­ter Dun­can said the ar­range­ment would cre­ate an area at the rear of the busi­nesses to be de­vel­oped as a for­mal paved and drained carpark.

“If the ne­go­ti­a­tions are suc­cess­ful and the landown­ers agree, the coun­cil will look at tak­ing a lease over the af­fected ar­eas and then prepar­ing a plan show­ing a park­ing area with marked-out park­ing spa­ces, stormwa­ter drainage, and where nec­es­sary and ap­pro­pri­ate, some tree plant­ing to pro­vide shade,” he said.

“There is the oc­ca­sional per­cep­tion

There is the oc­ca­sional per­cep­tion that there is a lack of park­ing in the cen­tre of town. Pe­ter Dun­can

that there is a lack of park­ing in the cen­tre of town, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing busy re­tail times such as the lead-up to Christ­mas and Easter.

“The main ar­eas where park­ing is at a pre­mium on busy oc­ca­sions are the Co Op and main street area and in the vicin­ity of the bak­ery.”

There are presently more than 550 park­ing spa­ces in the main re­tail area of Mt Barker.

If the pro­posal is suc­cess­ful, there will be many more for­mal park­ing spa­ces within easy ac­cess of the busi­nesses.

Ma­jor changes to have hap­pened in re­cent years in­clude the new Mount Barker Co Op build­ing, the coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing and the re­de­vel­op­ment of the main street in 2005. De­pend­ing on the suc­cess of Mr Ste­wart’s ne­go­ti­a­tions, a de­sign plan could be im­ple­mented next year.

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