Council must rise up to solve parking problems

Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano.
Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano.

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, Cr Italiano gave notice that he would move a motion at the next meeting asking officers to investigate the viability of building a four or five storey parking complex with commercial space on the ground floor.

The complex would be located where the current Main Street Plaza carpark is, across the road from Amaretto Cafe and the BP service station, a carpark that is owned by the City of Stirling.

With the lack of parking affecting the Main Street business district, Cr Italiano said his plan was not intended to alleviate those problems, but work in conjunction with another method to tackle problems further up the street.

‘What I would envisage is mixed use commercial facing the streetscape, looking out on to Hutton and Main (streets), similar to what you have at Amaretto’s but better,’ he said. ‘The site isn’t that big and if you look at the amount of cars in there at the minute, I’d like to see four, even five levels of parking above that.

‘Wherever you go along Main Street, all the parking is full and this is a prime location where we can provide 300, 400 more bays.’

He said his solution for parking further up the road would be a three-hour parking limit with a permit system for workers, but was quick to point out that was a separate issue.

‘I think that would be the best way to deal with that problem, but this isn’t intended to remedy the issues further up the road,’ he said.

‘What we have here is a great opportunity to revitalise this cafe strip and provide for the parking at this end of the street. It would be paid parking, so while it’s going to be a big project, it would provide a return to the City, especially with the rent from the commercial space on the ground floor.’

While it will take officers several months to prepare the report, Cr Italiano hoped all councillors would see the benefit in the plan.