President harassed about netball parking

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

Mrs Somerford said the centre, which is located at Wembley Sports Park, does not have enough parking bays.

She said she has had to deal with harassment and angry emails from people who say they are fed up with the lack of parking.

‘It’s getting diabolical. My car was attacked by someone who threw orange peel at it,’ Mrs Somerford said.

‘The Town of Cambridge has got to do something about it.’

Town of Cambridge chief executive Jason Buckley said netball generated the greatest demand for parking by a large margin over other sports played at the centre.

‘It is also worth noting that netball activity has increased since parking demand modelling was undertaken as part of the Master Plan process and in consultation with Perth Netball Association,’ Mr Buckley said.

However, Mrs Somerford said the number of members was steady, with the association turning away 80 additional teams from joining the association until further developments at the centre were completed.

She said the Town’s 2012 Wembley Sports Park Integrated Access, Traffic and Car Parking Plan specified that 500 more soft-stand parking bays would be available when required.

The PNA is requesting the overflow area be made available for parking immediately.

Mr Buckley said there were only 200 possible overflow bays and it would not be practical to provide car parking spaces so that no-one had to wait for an empty car bay during peak times.

‘Traffic and parking counts indicate that there is sufficient parking during sessions and although the demand is high at changeover, there are no periods where there is any excessive shortfall of bays,’ he said.