Park­ing may come at a cost to shops

Have a say on bid for paid sys­tem at West­field

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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.

Sub­mis­sion to council@black­town.nsw.gov.au.

West­field Mt Druitt is con­sid­er­ing paid park­ing.

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