Cracks show in beach carpark plan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - By JON BAS­SETT

POT­HOLES, cracks and gouges at a Cottesloe Beach carpark are so bad that $40,000 will have to be spent by Town of Cottesloe to patch it up for a year while a plan to re­de­velop the whole site is com­pleted.

“The coun­cil is caught be­tween a rock and hard place, and the hard place is the bi­tu­men we want to last through next sum­mer,” Coun­cil­lor Sally Pyvis said at last Tues­day’s meet­ing.

In March, the coun­cil de­cided the 110-bay carpark over­look­ing the beach would be closed once the plan was de­vel­oped to plant lawns and trees, in­stall bar­be­cues and tables, build a mul­ti­sports area, and keep sev­eral bays for dis­abled park­ing and drop-offs.

Cars would be di­rected to the 300-bay carpark about 100m away at Napier Street

The coun­cil has al­lot­ted about $1 mil­lion to the plan from the sale of its de­pot sev­eral years ago and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing how to source fund­ing so work can start this year.

How­ever, the old sur­face of the beach­side carpark con­tin­ues to fail and a coun­cil re­port said a con­trac­tor’s as­sess­ment from April said 650sq m needed resur­fac­ing.

“The carpark pave­ment is in a state of sig­nif­i­cant dis­re­pair and is un­likely to last an­other year,” it said.

Cr Michael Tu­cak said it would be bet­ter to close the carpark im­me­di­ately and save the $40,000.

His col­leagues re­jected the sug­ges­tion and staff con­cepts of us­ing trees on pal­lets or par­tial clo­sure to stop cars us­ing the worst ar­eas.

They agreed the $40,000 would be made avail­able by chang­ing the 2018-19 bud­get.

Pic­ture Jon Bas­sett

Pot­holes, cracks and gouges cover 650sq m of the carpark at Cottesloe Beach.

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