Push for a short-term free period
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.