Hyde Retirement Village resident (94) convinces council to consider better parking options


Inez Minc, a resident at the Hyde Retirement Village in Bassendean, is concerned about the lack of parking for Hyde Retirement Village residents. Picture: David Baylis d453429
Inez Minc, a resident at the Hyde Retirement Village in Bassendean, is concerned about the lack of parking for Hyde Retirement Village residents. Picture: David Baylis d453429

A BASSENDEAN retirement village resident has convinced council to consider better parking options after she delivered a passionate speech during a council meeting.

There are currently eight car bays designated for the 31 units at Hyde Retirement Village.

94-year-old resident Inez Minc said two emergency bays allocated to ambulances could be reserved for residents as ambulances or community buses could drive through the middle of the car park.

Ms Minc also said the east car park would be able to fit three vehicles rather than two.

The councillors agreed to find the best solution for both the residents and businesses.

Deputy Mayor Mike Lewis said a Town officer would be assessing the car bays at the village.

“We will try to get as much parking as we can and look at how many bays we can get inside the village then look at the outside bays.”

Cr Lewis said the council would consult with businesses on the street because the council wanted to “accommodate for everyone”.

Cr Lewis said they were looking to change the emergency bays immediately into reserved bays for residents.

Ms Minc said seniors do not demand “special privileges.”

“It is normal for everyone to expect to park there outside their home and it’s the same with us in the village,” Ms Minc said.

“We seek independence by activities which rejuvenate mentally and physically.

“The venues that provide such services are beyond walking distance and not always on a tortuous bus route.”