DRIVERS in Sale Street could soon find themselves parking within the lines and limited to 30-minute parking, as part of a raft of ideas to fix a parking shortage caused by a new entrance, turning lane and pedestrian refuge installed for the Summer Centre.
Traffic committee chair Cr Russell Turner met with concerned business owners who say the changed traffic conditions are driving their customers away.
As well as the painted parking spaces and reduced parking limit from the refuge to Summer Street, Cr Turner also led a push to write to Summer Centre developers PrimeSpace to ask them to allocate 20 parking spaces in the Summer Centre car park as “general short-term parking”, at last week’s council meeting.
The council will also remove a tree near Classic Country Rose, and add an extra parking space on both sides of the road near the crossing as part of “one small concession” for the street’s existing businesses, according to Cr Turner.
“It’s commonsense and appreciation that these businesses have suffered enormously from the changes,” he said.
“There’s been a huge gap because PrimeSpace have stopped and started on many occasions.
“These small businesses feel they’ve been run over by bigger businesses.”
Classic Country Rose owner Sheryl Lewis welcomed the initiatives but questioned if PrimeSpace would allow non-customers to park in the Summer Centre’s car park.
“We’re really supportive of Russell and his efforts,” she said.
“[But] we’re very concerned and sceptical as a group in Sale Street.
“We’re very worried about our businesses.”
Cr Chris Gryllis suggested the 30-minute parking should be dropped to 15-minute parking as most customers only dropped into the businesses.
But Cr Turner said the businesses would prefer 30-minute parking.
Cr Neil Jones questioned how many parking spaces would be added by removing the “significant” tree.
But Cr Scott Munro said the tree should be pulled down and replaced with a pot plant on the footpath in favour of extra parking for the businesses.
Cr Turner said the tree would be replaced by a more suitable tree further down Sale Street near Domino’s Pizza.