“They’re not listening”

Lack of car parking a business killer in Lindfield Green proposal

A slashing of car parking provisions by a potential 40 per cent will drastically harm local commerce, say concerned business owners surrounding the Lindfield Green development.

Scott Blamey who owns Runaway Spoon has together with Brad Harrison from neighbouring Northside Physio, launched the ‘Let’s Get It Right’ campaign to stop the Lindfield Green DA in its tracks because the council isn’t listening to their pleas over parking.

Their greatest concerns are lack of car parking, and they collected over 1,000 signatures in just a few days from residents and other businesses also worried there won’t be enough spaces.

“Us business owners are 100% behind Lindfield Village Green as a concept – but not in its current form – because of the huge loss of short-term car parking,” said Scott Blamey.

“If the DA for the Lindfield Village Green (LVG) is approved by Ku-ring-gai Council, then it will be a business killer not only for existing businesses but it will also have a huge impact on new businesses in the two developments happening currently on Lindfield Avenue, including Harris Farm and IGA.”

The campaign includes gathering signatures from businesses and residents, building a fighting fund in case they need it to go to the LEC, as well as conducting their own traffic survey.

A DA was lodged by Ku-ring-gai Council just before Christmas, and residents and business had until the end of February to lodge their submissions relating to the proposal: to turn the existing 136 space car park which services the needs of the community and many East Lindfield commercial and medical enterprises, into a green open space with grassy areas, trees, seating and space for live music and open air cinema, a cafe with al fresco dining, an elevator to the car park below and toilets.

Central to the plan is the two layers of car parking underneath – one with 80 public short stay spaces with two hour limits, and 100 beneath for the exclusive commuter use. This second tier is meant to be funded by the State Government, though this has yet to be confirmed.

“This is a reduction of 56 short stay spaces on the 136 we currently have in an already overtaxed bigger car park. If the DA goes ahead, short stay parking has been reduced by 40%.”

Addressing the car spaces, Mayor Jennifer Anderson said: “Council staff are very concerned about parking. Once Aqualand, the development next door is finished, its 50 public car parking spaces will take some of the cars during the LVG building work. If we can negotiate commuter car parking, we meet the analysis of the car parking required. I would be very confident we’re not reducing the number of parking spaces by 40%.”  

The Council’s website says LVG ‘aims to generate a range of property investment and business development opportunities on properties adjoining the new village green.’

Current business owners would disagree. Ku-ring-gai Council has been continually criticised for “not listening to our concerns” said Brad Harrison. “They’ve taken no interest in what we’ve had to say. We want Council to put the DA on ice and then we can have a proper consultation process.” A report on public feedback will go before Council in March.

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