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News Town’s future under review Car park upgrade plan challenged FROM PAGE 1 By Kerrie Armstrong Cr Symkowiak said the residents she had spoken to agreed there was a need for more parking and safer footpaths. She said the council would bring new samples of paving materials and street furniture after community members expressed a desire to see the current look of Argyle Street maintained. ‘‘Some people said ‘Why do we need more parking if council is moving to Oran Park’ but it’s our intention to have other business and staff in our premises and rent- ing our offices,’’ she said. ‘‘What we’re proposing isn’t rad- ical, it’s commonsense physical improvements.’’ Cr Symkowiak said the proposed decked car park had attracted a lot of comment, but at the moment the council was only asking for com- ment on where it should go. She said once a site was decided more detail about the number of spaces and the location of bus bays would be released for feedback. HARRINGTON Park resident Peter Standen has criti- cised Camden Council’s plans to construct a decked car park on Oxley Street, Camden. Mr Standen said the existing council car park, over which the decked parking would be built, was valuable land that could be put to better use for residential or retail purposes, a museum or a private hospital. ‘‘I strongly recommend that the $3.6 million budgeted for the parking station be considered to implement the economic growth drivers that should flow from the current Retail and Commercial Study and the early work of the Camden Business Alliance,’’ he said. ‘‘The proposed parking station must be deferred to enable the Camden Business Alliance to achieve comprehensive redevelopment of the block as a matter of priority. ‘‘Such development would include future necessary parking. The proposed $3.6 million for parking may then be used as an incentive for the development.’’ Mr Standen also spoke out against the council’s plans to install traffic lights at the intersection of Argyle and Oxley streets and pedestrian signals between John and Hill streets. He criticised the choice to replace the street furniture along Argyle Street and called for the existing furniture to be refurbished. Mr Standen said he supported plans to widen and resurface the footpaths on the main street. What do you think of council’s plans for the central business district? Unhappy: Peter Standen is unhappy about proposed upgrades to the Camden town centre. Inset: Camden Chamber of Commerce has released an image of what a decked car park would look like. Main picture: Jonathan Ng Have your say... camdenadvertiser.com.au What’s on exhibition: ¦ The Public Domain Works — proposed upgrades to footpaths, car park construction, traffic lights ¦ The Retail and Commercial Study — how the council buildings should be used once the council moves to Oran Park ¦ Public submissions close September 17 What’s proposed for the CBD: ¦ Traffic lights at the intersection of Argyle and Oxley streets and pedestrian signals between John and Hill streets ¦ One metre wider footpath on either side of Argyle Street ¦ Decked car park on the existing council site on Oxley Street ¦ Resurface and level footpath and new street furniture Find out more: ¦ The Camden Chamber of Commerce forum tonight (Wednesday) opens at 5pm for 5.30pm at the Camden Civic Centre ¦ Camden Council’s community information night tonight (Wednesday) begins at 7pm at the Camden Civic Centre A MASSIVE TAPW 31 RE SALE Y 3 ST AUGUST MUST END SUNDA ONLY AVAILABLE IN STORE ARANTEED GU -40 15 % O FF * SHOP with CONFIDENCE 281961_CAM SHOWER HEADS • • TAPS • MIXERS EL RAILS • HEATED TOW S OOM ACCESSORIE • BATHR Ends 31/08/14. Harvey Norman® stores are operated by independent franchisees. *Discount is off the normal ticketed price. Images shown are for illustrative purposes only. 6 - Camden-Narellan CDA 0006 Advertiser, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Call 13 24 25 . . . That's Fairfax Community Classifieds