Lindfield residents and businesses face another long wait over the future of the eastern side of their suburb while Ku-ring-gai Council goes back to the drawing board over parking.
Construction was due to start in mid 2018 on Lindfield Village Green (LVG) featuring a cafe, village green and underground parking.
But the headache of how to find enough parking spaces rolls on, with frustrated locals telling the council: take away parking and it will cripple business.
For the third time council has returned to the drawing board to figure out how to, at the very least, provide 136 below-ground spaces to mimic the number of above ground spaces currently there, and add some commuter spaces into the mix.
Central to the problem is council’s obligation to provide car spaces for train users and the cost involved in adding an extra commuter tier to the underground parking station.
“This has to be done not at the expense of short-term users,” says Brad Harrison, from Lindfield: Let’s Get It Right campaign.
He said the original design to provide 100 commuter spaces and 80 short-term spots would have a “devastating” effect on local business.
The neighbouring Aqualand flats and shops underneath due to open for business in early 2018, are expected to put further pressure on car spaces in surrounding streets.
At its latest Council meeting councillors resolved to amend the project design to three tiers of parking, from the original two.
A council spokesperson said that a report on increasing underground short-term parking under Lindfield Green and the results of discussions with Transport for NSW about funding the commuter spaces would go before council in early 2018.