POTHOLES, cracks and gouges at the carpark at WA’s premier beach are so bad $40,000 will have to be spent by Town of Cottesloe to patch it up for a year while a plan to redevelop the whole site is completed .
“The council is caught between a rock and hard place, and the hard place is the bitumen we want to last through next summer,” councillor Sally Pyvis said at the meeting last Tuesday.
In March, the council decided the 110-bay carpark overlooking the beach would be closed once the plan is developed to plant lawns and trees, install barbecues and tables, build a multi-sports area, and keep several bays for the disabled and drop-offs, in six zones across the site.
The publics’ cars would be directed to the 300-bay carpark about 100m away at Napier Street in the eventual plan.
The council has allotted about $1 million to the plan from its sale of its depot several years ago, and it is investigating how funding could get the first of the new work to start this year.
However, the old surface of the beachside carpark continues to fail, and the report said a contractor’s assessment from April said 650sq m needs resurfacing.
“The carpark pavement is in a state of significant disrepair and is unlikely to last another year,” a staff report said.
Cr Michael Tucak said it would be better to close the carpark immediately and save the $40,000.
His colleagues rejected the suggestion, and staff concepts of using tree on pallets or partial closure to stop cars using the worst areas.
They agreed the $40,000 would be made available by changing the 2018-19 budget.