Re­moval of cafe-strip park­ing will lead to chaos

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Joan Korb Waikiki

Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion? Who­ever en­dorsed the hare­brained de­ci­sion to re­move the cafe-strip park­ing along Rock­ing­ham Beach Road must live within easy walk­ing dis­tance of the cafes/shops.

The rest of us who need to drive there will have a hard time pa­tro­n­is­ing the busi­nesses and will go else­where where park­ing ac­cess is eas­ier and closer if park­ing is re­duced any fur­ther.

I, for one, need park­ing close to shops.

Park­ing be­hind the Betta store is al­ready dif­fi­cult most times and vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble on hot days where no one wants to walk any dis­tance in the heat. Tak­ing out carparks with­out cre­at­ing new ones close by will be detri­men­tal to ex­ist­ing busi­ness own­ers on the strip as well as cus­tomers.

Why not ex­tend the foot­path area by nar­row­ing the ex­ist­ing road and lim­it­ing it to one-way traf­fic?

That way es­sen­tial park­ing is kept and the strip gains the al­fresco area sought for the cafes.

I urge the City of Rock­ing­ham to re­con­sider Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion plans and not make the big mis­take of re­mov­ing more fore­shore park­ing af­ter Rail­way Ter­race closes.

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