Beach park­ing over­flow


North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Pond

A CARPARK built at Yanchep La­goon has not al­le­vi­ated park­ing is­sues at the pop­u­lar beach.

The City of Wan­neroo opened the north­ern por­tion of the Yanchep Surf Life Sav­ing Club carpark in mid-De­cem­ber, pro­vid­ing 66 bays; a sim­i­lar num­ber to what was avail­able in the pre­vi­ous in­for­mal park­ing area.

Two Rocks Yanchep Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Peter Wim­sett, who lives nearby, said there were not enough bays avail­able to beach vis­i­tors.

“It has made very lit­tle dif­fer­ence,” he said. “On a good day, you have to get there be­fore 8am if you want to get a park.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion wrote to the City last Oc­to­ber ask­ing it to waive park­ing fines in the area un­til park­ing up­grades were com­pleted, but this was re­jected for safety rea­sons.

Yanchep res­i­dent Ali­son Bur­fitt took photos be­tween Christ­mas and New Year, show­ing many cars parked along the verge and road­side.

“Peo­ple were parked all over the street, wher­ever they could park re­ally, and all over the foot­path,” she said.

The City’s as­sets di­rec­tor, Har­min­der Singh, said an ad­di­tional 63 park­ing bays would be avail­able fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of the club’s new build­ing, which is not ex­pected to be un­til at least Septem­ber.

“The com­bi­na­tion of other off-street carparks and on-street park­ing will then pro­vide more than 200 bays in the Yanchep La­goon beach area,” he said.

But Mrs Bur­fitt did not be­lieve the in­creased park­ing would be suf­fi­cient.

“It’s busy all the time,” she said. “Peo­ple come from all around.

“The peo­ple who live in Yanchep avoid go­ing to the la­goon un­less they have lit­tle ba­bies.”

She be­lieved more park­ing was needed in the area, as well as bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties and parks, call­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion “em­bar­rass­ing”.

“We just need some more fa­cil­i­ties, we need like what Mul­laloo has,” she said.

“We need more parks and park­ing for the la­goon.”

Main pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d464041. In­set pic­tures: Ali­son Bur­fitt

A full carpark and over­flow park­ing at Yanchep La­goon.

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