Public feedback sought on plan to redevelop Cottesloe beach carpark

Cottesloe Mayor Philip Angers at Cottesloe Beach. Picture: Jon Bassett.
Cottesloe Mayor Philip Angers at Cottesloe Beach. Picture: Jon Bassett.

PUBLIC feedback is being sought on a concept plan to improve the carpark at Cottesloe Beach.

The plan could include partially grassing the 144 bays set aside for vehicles.

“Just look at this space and ask, ‘Why should cars just be enjoying this?’” Cottesloe Mayor Philip Angers said.

In December, his council allocated $955,400 to improve the decaying car park, and it now has proposed new uses in six separate zones between the Indiana Restaurant north to current playgrounds as part of its $26 million Foreshore Renewal Plan.

“We could lose the car bays in the changes, but this car park is never fully used except in peak season and we have 355 bays 100m away at the Napier Street car park,” Mr Angers said.

He said some zones could be used for the grassed and tree area, and others for improvements including paths, tables and seating, barbecues, a skateboarding area, sports courts and places for public gatherings.

There are four new bays for disabled drivers and potentially a partial realignment of Marine Parade for drop-offs.

However, the council expects adjacent streets would not be affected by spill-over parkers because most bays there were already dedicated to residents.

Mr Angers said it had to be stressed it was a concept plan that could be changed after public comments, but doing nothing would still cost the council $319,000 to resurface the crumbling car park.

Comments are due at the council by February 9, and depending on the replies a decision may not be considered until April.

The plan is available for comment at www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au in the ‘Have a Say’ section.

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