Atwell: Harvest Lakes businesses petition against parking removal

Michael Oostryck, John Klauz (both from Aubin Grove Physiotherapy) & Teresa McDonald (Centre Manager) are among those against the changes. Photo: Jon Hewson. d487225. communitypix.com.au
Michael Oostryck, John Klauz (both from Aubin Grove Physiotherapy) & Teresa McDonald (Centre Manager) are among those against the changes. Photo: Jon Hewson. d487225. communitypix.com.au

BUSINESSES at Harvest Lakes Shopping Centre will petition against a City of Cockburn proposal to remove some on-street parking bays from Lyon Road.

According to the businesses, the City plans to remove two-thirds of Lyon Road’s on-street parking to install a signalled pedestrian crossing in a bid to improve safety for shoppers crossing the road.

The City won’t confirm how many bays will be removed, saying “details will be available when the ordinary council meeting agenda is published, but are not available until then.”

Brumbies proprietor Adam Pearson said they would be “decimated” if the City proceeded with the plans.

“How on Earth is it in the community interest to remove drop-in access to small family businesses that anchor this centre,” he said.

“Such an action would leave us with little option but to close the store.”

Centre owner RG Property chief executive Rhett Williams said he had heard a lot of concern from the businesses.

“If council proceeds with removing car bays on Lyon Road it is likely to have an adverse effect on customers and retailers,” he said.

“The research clearly indicates that car bays are required for the viability of retailers and the safety of customers.

“Without car bays on Lyon Road cars will likely travel much quicker, proving to be a real safety issue for our customers.”City of Cockburn Engineering and Works director Charles Sullivan said the issue will go before Cockburn council on October 11.

“City officers will submit a report, including a proposed layout plan, to the October 11 ordinary council meeting for Council’s consideration,” he said.

“No off-road parking is affected at all. The only on-road parking bays impacted are on Lyon Road between Gibbs Road and Flourish Loop.”

Mr Williams said the centre had put forward an alternate proposal to form a shared zone for pedestrians, bikes and road users and to reduce the speed limit from 50km/h to 30km/h, removing the need for a formal pedestrian crossing.

He said Main Roads and the Public Transport Authority were both open to the reduced speed limit.

Mr Sullivan said the City had considered the proposal.

“The City…has engaged in discussions with the Main Roads WA which has the approval authority over speed zones and signage in WA,” he said.

“An outcome is still being pursued with Main Roads WA.”

Harvest Lakes businesses will have a copy of the petition for customers to sign.