Car park upgrade plan challenged
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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
‘‘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
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