Driven to despair by ‘the worst’ carpark in the west
Frustration over lack of spaces leads to social media campaign
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