Driven to de­spair by ‘the worst’ carpark in the west

Frus­tra­tion over lack of spa­ces leads to so­cial me­dia cam­paign

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

A ST CLAIR res­i­dent, frus­trated with the lack of park­ing at St Clair Shop­ping Cen­tre, has launched a Face­book group ad­vo­cat­ing for a bet­ter deal.

Anne Brady la­bels the carpark “the worst in the west”, giving a clear in­di­ca­tion of what peo­ple on the page think of the ser­vice.

“Even on a nor­mal day it’s not easy to get a park,” she said. “Un­less you get there at eight in the morn­ing or seven at night, it’s al­ways full. It isn’t big enough for the amount of peo­ple in the area.”

Ms Brady, who has lived in St Clair for 10 years, said it was about Easter this year she fi­nally de­cided she had had enough and started a page to gar­ner sup­port for im­prove­ments to the carpark.

“I nor­mally try to avoid it by go­ing to St Marys or Mt Druitt,” Ms Brady said.

“But I feel I shouldn’t have to. This is my sub­urb’s shop­ping cen­tre and the clos­est to me but I avoid it be­cause of the mess it’s in.”

A St Clair Shop­ping Cen­tre man­age­ment spokes­woman said the carpark was com­pli­ant with all Pen­rith Coun­cil reg­u­la­tions, in- clud­ing the num­ber of park­ing bays, and was ap­proved by the coun­cil.

The Face­book page has gained mo­men­tum and now has al­most 500 likes.

It also has a vo­cal com­mu­nity of com­menters.

Joy Han­naford Jack­son said: “St Clair shop­ping cen­tre should be ashamed of this carpark. Why don’t they fix it?”

Sue Shana­han said peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity ran a risk get­ting into the shops.

“Can you also put in a pro­posal to make it more ac­ces­si­ble for dis­abled peo­ple who use pub­lic trans­port to get to shops?” she said.

“They have to risk se­ri­ous in­jury dodg­ing cars to get to the shops from the main road.”

Other com­menters use de­scrip­tions like “night­mare” and “dif­fi­cult” for their carpark ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ms Brady said the shop­ping cen­tre, com­mu­nity cen­tre, Red Rooster and McDonald’s were all in one small space, which made park­ing and pedes­trian cross­ings a night­mare.

“Make it eas­ier for the res­i­dents of St Clair to park there and do their shop­ping,” she pleaded.

“More lo­cals would shop there if it was eas­ier.”

The cen­tre spokes­woman said there were no plans to ex­tend the carpark.

“The carpark was re­designed as part of the re­de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion of the cen­tre in 2008-2009 and was ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed at the time and ap­proved by coun­cil,” cen­tre man­age­ment said in a state­ment.

Man­age­ment said it could not be re­spon­si­ble for traf­fic out­side the cen­tre.

Ms Brady has launched a change.org pe­ti­tion.

Anne Brady is lob­by­ing for bet­ter park­ing at St Clair Shop­ping Cen­tre and (in­set) she claims the spots are too nar­row to park safely. Pic­ture: David Swift

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