Car parks and driveways
An open letter to the manager at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.
As long term residents my wife and I consistently shop at the centre and note three major customer concerns.
One is the difficulty many people have in steering their shopping trolley along the arcade and past the chemist to get to their car. Unfortunately until such time as the pathway is relaid or modified, we guess nothing can be done to address this problem.
The second issue is one we believe can be cost effectively attended to.
The distance between the rows of car parking spaces is extremely short particularly for the many large 4 wheel drives and contractors vehicles.
What we propose is that all the lined spaces be realigned to an angle of 45 degrees. The slight increase in vehicle parking length would be offset by not having to manoeuvre.
This would allow drivers to drive straight in and also reverse out far more easily and it would reduce the number of scratch and dent incidents. It would also encourage drivers to go down the one way driveways in the right direction.
We believe the parking bay realignment may cost a very small number of parking spaces however we also believe the benefits would far out way that concession. One other point we wish to raise is those additional pedestrian crossings.
We consider these to be dangerous as when cars are parked either side drivers can not see anyone (particularly children) until they are actually on the driveway crossing. We feel the potential danger is not worth the risk and therefore suggest they be painted out. We note most pedestrians tend to cross mainly at the point where their vehicle is located. We trust our thoughts will receive due consideration. Barrie and Judy Robertson AIRLIE BEACH