Council rejects parking bays idea

Local community members and residents who use the park said they were pleased with the decision because they believed there would be nothing gained by the additional parking.

In a report to council, officers had recommended councillors support the installation of extra car parking bays at the Phipps Street side of the park.

However, councillors voted last week to drop the recommendation.

At the meeting, Cr June Barton moved an amendment that would drop that part of the item.

She said her concern with the additional bays was that it was not needed and would do nothing to improve parking in the area.

‘We need more tables and seats but we certainly do not need more parking,’ she said.

Cr Susanne Taylor-Rees supported her, saying the public wanted a revamp of the toilets, not extra parking.

Local resident Bryan Matthews said it was a good decision not to go ahead and cut into the grass area with parking bays.

He hopes the money allocated for the bays will now be used to improve the toilet facilities.

‘There are already 138 bays around the park area, but there are no disabled toilet facilities,’ he said.

‘We don’t need anything else done to the area except maybe improvements to the toilet facilities. People like it how it is.’

The recommendations also suggested not going ahead with the installation of footpaths, but suggested other works at the park be investigated and prioritised.

This part of the item was passed.

City of Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox confirmed that a total of $75,000 had been allocated within the 2012/2013 Capital Works Program to add additional facilities/infrastructure to the Bicton Quarantine Park.

‘However, as the $75,000 will not be expended in the current financial year, it will be carried forward to 2013/2014, excluding a portion of $30,000, which was allocated for the parking modifications,’ he said.