Cracks show in beach carpark plan
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.
Potholes, cracks and gouges cover 650sq m of the carpark at Cottesloe Beach.