Car parks and drive­ways

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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