Residents call for changes to carpark at Maylands Park Shopping Centre

Carpark congestion at the Maylands Park shopping centre.
Carpark congestion at the Maylands Park shopping centre.

RESIDENTS want the Maylands Park shopping centre carpark made safer for shoppers by improving entrance and exit points and installing pedestrian crossings.

Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association member Elliaz Pik said the carpark needed fixing as traffic movements and blockages around the main Falkirk Avenue entrance at peak times were chaotic.

Mr Pik, who started the ‘Coles, why don’t you care about Maylands’ Facebook page, said the lack of pedestrian crossings was also cause for concern. “It’s quite dangerous for old people and children to cross the roads near the supermarket,” he said.

“But there are also small things that could be easily improved, such as by installing bike racks with many cyclists finding themselves looking for available posts along the street because there currently aren’t any racks to lock bikes to.”

Mr Pik said he had spoken with a representative from Charter Hall, the company that owns the site, about residents’ concerns.

“We ask both Coles and Charter Hall to commit to addressing the issues that we’ve raised sooner rather than later,” he said. “We’d like them to consult us on any changes to the site and we already have some suggestions that we want to share with them.”

A Charter Hall spokesman said the primary concern was the safety and wellbeing of the community who visit and shop at the centre.

“We have spoken with the resident action group to understand the concerns they have raised and we are currently working on an approach to address these,” he said.

“We are committed to continuing to provide the community with a safe, convenient and enjoyable shopping experience.”