Street park­ing un­der threat

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

BUSI­NESSES at Har­vest Lakes Shop­ping Cen­tre will pe­ti­tion against a City of Cock­burn pro­posal to re­move some on-street park­ing bays from Lyon Road.

Ac­cord­ing to the busi­nesses, the City plans to re­move two-thirds of Lyon Road’s on-street park­ing to in­stall a sig­nalled pedes­trian cross­ing, in a bid to im­prove safety for shop­pers cross­ing the road.

The City won’t con­firm how many bays will be re­moved, say­ing “de­tails will be avail­able when the or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing agenda is pub­lished, but are not avail­able un­til then.”

Brumbies pro­pri­etor Adam Pearson said they would be “dec­i­mated” if the plan went ahead.

“How on earth is it in the com­mu­nity in­ter­est to re­move drop-in ac­cess to small fam­ily busi­nesses that an­chor this cen­tre,” he said. “Such an ac­tion would leave us with lit­tle op­tion but to close the store.”

Cen­tre owner RG Prop­erty chief ex­ec­u­tive Rhett Wil­liams said he had heard a lot of con­cern from the busi­nesses.

“If Coun­cil pro­ceeds with re­mov­ing car bays on Lyon Road, it is likely to have an ad­verse ef­fect on cus­tomers and re­tail­ers,” he said.

“The re­search clearly in­di­cates that car bays are re­quired for the vi­a­bil­ity of re­tail­ers and the safety of cus­tomers.

“With­out car bays on Lyon Road, cars will likely travel much quicker, prov­ing to be a real safety is­sue for our cus­tomers.”

City of Cock­burn en­gi­neer­ing and works di­rec­tor Charles Sul­li­van said the is­sue will go to the coun­cil on Oc­to­ber 11.

“City of­fi­cers will sub­mit a re­port, in­clud­ing a pro­posed lay­out plan, to the Oc­to­ber 11 or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing for Coun­cil’s con­sid­er­a­tion,” he said.

“No off-road park­ing is af­fected at all. The only on­road park­ing bays im­pacted are on Lyon Road, be­tween Gibbs Road and Flour­ish Loop.”

Mr Wil­liams said the cen­tre put for­ward an al­ter­na­tive pro­posal to form a shared zone for pedes­tri­ans, bikes and road users and to re­duce the speed limit from 50km/h to 30km/h, re­mov­ing the need for a pedes­trian cross­ing.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

d487225 Michael Oostryck and John Klauz with Har­vest Lakes Shop­ping Cen­tre man­ager Teresa McDon­ald in the park­ing bay area.

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