Parking may come at a cost to shops
Have a say on bid for paid system at Westfield
BLACKTOWN Council is considering a development application from Westfield Mt Druitt for the introduction of paid parking.
Residents are invited to have their say on the proposal which could potentially see all-day parkers at the centre slugged $35 (for eight hours or longer).
A council spokesman said residents could submit thoughts on the DA for a 24hour, seven days a week paid parking system, which is on public exhibition until Tuesday, November 8.
“It follows the common model for shopping centres which allows three hours for free,” the spokesman said. “Council will be awaiting results of the submissions before making any recommendation.”
If the DA is approved, nine boom gates will be installed at various entry points to Westfield Mt Druitt, including Luxford Rd and Carlisle Ave.
“Minor alterations” would be made to the carpark for safety and signage reasons and 110 of its 2630 existing car spaces will be lost, according to the DA.
While people eligible for disabled parking would not pay a fee, other visitors would be charged in halfhour increments starting from $5 (after three hours).
Employees would be assigned a section in the carpark and they would pay a daily flat rate of $5.
The DA stated the reason for the proposed paid system was to “ensure a turnover of shopper parking spaces, enhance security, discourage all-day commuter parking and to limit the number of separate access controlled parking areas within the centre”.
Westfield Mt Druitt centre manager Michael Beverly said the application formed “part of a longerterm planning process” to come before council.
“But for now it’s business as usual at Westfield Mt Druitt and there are no plans to make changes to parking in the short-term,” Mr Beverly said.
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Westfield Mt Druitt is considering paid parking.