Parking under pressure

Claremont will remain a predominantly free parking town.
Claremont will remain a predominantly free parking town.

The addition of a community centre, cafes and other businesses to the area over the last few months has put parking under pressure.

A new children’s playground at Delamere Park is due to open soon.

Householders told Currambine Residents Association AGM on July 9 that parking at peak times could be difficult, forcing motorists on to vacant land.

One resident complained about cafe users taking private house visitor’s bays on Delamere Avenue, often from early morning.

‘It’s inconvenient as a resident to have a lack of parking for our visitors,’ he said.

‘These bays are for the houses behind them and people visiting those houses.’

Joondalup councillor Tom McLean said he would raise the matter with City officers again although, as general bays, the City was reluctant to restrict their use.

Cr McLean said the City calculated parking bays according to a formula.

The Dome cafe had underground car parking.

Residents also complained parking was hard to find at the adjacent shopping centre, particularly when school holiday crowds flocked to the cinemas.

‘School holidays and Christmas holidays, forget trying to park, and that’s not with all this new development,’ one woman said.

After a lengthy discussion, the group agreed to focus on Delamere Avenue parking given that more businesses were set to open.

Other issues discussed included:

Motorists ‘stopping for ages’ on the Ambassador Drive-Paddington Avenue roundabout while waiting to get into Currambine Primary School to pick up children, causing traffic congestion.

A sign distorting motorists’ vision as they drove out of the service station adjacent to the shopping centre.

The meeting welcomed news that modifications to the median island on Hobsons Gate are due this year.

The next meeting is on September 10, Currambine Community Centre, 7.30pm.