Vacant Scarborough lot earmarked for parking

The vacant Scarborough lot Stirling council wants to turn into parking. Photo: David Baylis
The vacant Scarborough lot Stirling council wants to turn into parking. Photo: David Baylis

A VACANT lot in Scarborough could help alleviate parking issues.

City of Stirling will apply to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to turn the City-owned lot on West Coast Highway, opposite Brighton Reserve, into temporary parking.

It followed a motion at the July 2 meeting by Councillor Giovanni Italiano, who said the redeveloped Scarborough foreshore was a “victim of its own success” and was tired of hearing people complain about parking.

Towers delay presents opportunity

But Cr Karen Caddy said the move was premature and wanted other options investigated because if the application was rejected they had “nowhere to go”.

She was also concerned the traffic working group formed in response to the 3 Oceans towers development approval was yet to provide its feedback.

A City report did not support the motion because public parking was not allowed under the planning scheme so drivers would be charged and it would need to spend $38,000 to $40,000 on external consultants to obtain approval.

Parking proving costly

It would then cost at least $1.25 million to create the parking lot.

The City previously investigated the proposal in 2016 but found it was not viable because it was unlikely to gain Main Roads support and was considered too far (670m) from Scarborough’s centre.

Concern beach parking lacking

The report also said it had created additional bays along The Esplanade and would continue monitoring parking demand over summer.

Despite council’s decision, infrastructure director Michael Littleton cautioned potential development could be a while off.

He said the City needed to commission reports from external consultants before submitting a planning application, which would be subject to approval.

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