Push for a short-term free pe­riod

Penrith Press - - NEWS -

GOR­DON Hen­wood, chair of the Pen­rith Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce’s ad­vo­cacy group, said: “We like the West­fields model – short­term free pe­riod for cus­tomers.”

Im­proved park­ing is one of the 10 pri­or­ity is­sues the cham­ber is ad­vo­cat­ing for on be­half of its 400 mem­bers and wider com­mu­nity.

He said em­ploy­ees could look at “pub­lic trans­port op­tions, or paid mod­els”.

Mr Hen­wood said the coun­cil was “drag­ging its feet” and the line-mark­ing was meant to have hap­pened a year ago.

He said busi­ness own­ers were not help­ing mat­ters by park­ing in short-term park­ing

spots “and mov­ing their cars ev­ery two hours – that’s cus­tomers they’re los­ing”.

“Coun­cil do have some se­ri­ous le­gal is­sues around the zon­ing of the ar­eas they want to use for park­ing which they are re­solv­ing, but it’s slow go­ing,” Mr Hen­wood said.

“While there’s un­cer­tainty,

it makes it dif­fi­cult for de­vel­op­ers to look at de­vel­op­ing sites.”

Pen­rith MP Stu­art Ayres this week told the Pen­rith Press: “Pen­rith Coun­cil should lis­ten to the cham­ber. A lack of park­ing is thwart­ing busi­ness.”

Cr Karen McKe­own, who sits on the Pen­rith CBD Cor­po­ra­tion, said they had been sup­port­ive.

Asked if he felt threat­ened by coun­cil­lors run­ning for Par­lia­ment, Mr Ayres laughed, say­ing: “If they can’t build a carpark, how will they de­liver a hos­pi­tal?”

Cr John Thain said he had no plan to run for Par­lia­ment.

Cr McKe­own said: “The party hasn’t called pre­s­e­lec­tion but it’s some­thing I’d give due con­sid­er­a­tion to (if asked).”

Mr Ayres is now cir­cu­lat­ing a pe­ti­tion, ask­ing opin­ions on whether Pen­rith Coun­cil should build more per­ma­nent CBD park­ing “to sup­port small busi­ness and res­i­dents” and the “ideal site” for this park­ing.

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