Removal of cafe-strip parking will lead to chaos
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.