PARKING in Wangaratta may be set for a long-awaited revamp, but some traders have expressed concern it may inadvertently create new headaches.
Business Wangaratta chairman, Gary Gourlay, said there is high anticipation within the retail community of a welcome increase in customer inflows, expected from the new multi-deck car park under construction as part of the $33 million Co-Store/Target redevelopment.
Extra spaces and all-day parking at the Co-Store are to increase accessibility to the central business district, which aims to help reduce customer-leakage to nearby regional centres.
However, Mr Gourlay believes that, on a logistical level, there still exists a major problem within the city’s car park layout.
He cited loading zones as one major issue, which he said will worsen due to higher customer inflows and greater demand for spaces.
“Because of the paid parking meters, loading zones are already in high demand and many couriers find it difficult to navigate,” he said.
“While we may see an inflow of retail opportunities, through ease of access to shopping destinations, traders’ needs may not have been addressed adequately.”
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