Impacting business: Oh So Natural employee Ashlee Briggs and owner Sharon Wendt are concerned about the lack of parking in the CBD.
Impacting business: Oh So Natural employee Ashlee Briggs and owner Sharon Wendt are concerned about the lack of parking in the CBD.

Better ways to unclog CBD

A PARKING inspector is not the answer as the CBD continues to clog and the lack of parking frustrates customers and businesses.

Oh So Natural owner Sharon Wendt contacted the Daily News after reading our reports on last month’s Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) meeting where they considered a regular parking inspector as an answer.

“The money ($30,000) council proposes to spend on wages for a part-time parking inspector would be better invested in helping to finance a multi-level car park behind the town hall,” Mrs Wendt said.

“The short-term gain of revenue from parking tickets is far outweighed by the long-term loss of trade for all CBD businesses who are not able to fully service their customers,” she said.

Her business is just around the corner from the main CBD on Fitzroy Street and she regularly hears from customers who say they don’t bother if they can’t find a park.

“It’s mums with little kids, the elderly and people who are on their lunch break and only have five minutes to come and keep going that it is a problem for,” Mrs Wendt said.

“We have to service customers better with the products you hold, ease of access, the layout of your store and if you can’t provide a park, then they just won’t come – that’s what worries me.”

With the redevelopment next door coming to an end and empty stores across the road, Mrs Wendt is concerned about what will happen down the track.

She said nothing could really be done at the moment and there needed to be a long-term plan, while workers and those shopping in the CBD needed to have consideration for each other when choosing their parking spot.

“It may help temporarily to diffuse the situation until council becomes proactive enough to implement a long-term situation,” she said.

SDRC engineering services director Peter See said there was currently no future budget for car park extensions in Warwick, with the only development proposed at Rogers Street in Stanthorpe where this is also an issue.

Planning and environment director Ken Harris said by the time land and/or construction costs were factored in, the $30,000 proposed for wages for a parking inspector would build a maximum of one to two spaces in multi-storey car parking.



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