Business concerns on parking, holidays

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PARKING, public holidays and plans for the future have been on the minds of Business Wangaratta members during the group’s recent open forums.

Group chair Dave Fuller said the number one topic on the agenda for businesses seeking advocacy from Business Wangaratta was car parking.

Mr Fuller said members were interested not only in gaining information about the potential for parking meters to be removed, but also the price of permits, and the opportunity to have a say in future car parking plans.

“One example of feedback given was the difficulty of large cars to turn into the multi-deck (in the Co-Store) and receive a pass, and another was loading zones and ineffective use of the space to provide adequate loading times for many businesses,” Mr Fuller said.

“Some felt the price was getting too high, and proved a barrier to shoppers.”

He said business owners suggested they had lost sales from clients who were not able to find long-term parking during long consults.

“If the opportunity arose to discuss this further with council, the attendees (at the Business Wangaratta forums) would gladly expand on the topic,” he said.

Public holidays, particularly the grand final eve holiday, have also been a focus of discussion at the open forums.

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