It’s back to the drawing board for planners and traffic engineers after Ku-ring-gai Councillors voted to scrap the parking arrangements for Lindfield Village Green.
Following the tabling of a Mayoral Minute at a council meeting, as well as various impassioned pleas from the public, councillors voted for officers to have another go at allocating sufficient short-term car spaces on the eastern side of the Pacific Highway.
And it’s now looking likely Council will go to Transport for NSW for more money to allocate commuter car parking on both sides of the Highway.
The Monthly Chronicle has consistently highlighted the inadequacies of the two levels of underground parking – to provide 80 short-term spaces on tier one, and 100 on tier two for commuters, a 40% reduction on what’s there already.
“I propose that staff investigate increasing underground short term parking spaces while maintaining the proposed commuter parking,” said Mayor Anderson, “including the feasibility, cost, and traffic implications of constructing a third level of basement parking.”
Suggestions by Council are that a third level of parking could provide approximately 140 short stay spaces on levels one and two, and 100 commuter spaces over part of level two and all of level three, with the third level costing between $5 million and $7 million.
After the meeting Lindfield restaurant owner Scott Blamey said:“Hopefully council will now legitimately consult with residents and business owners as part of the ongoing process, and true independent reports regarding current parking and traffic flow will be conducted rather than the fabricated reports used for this DA.”