“BERRY Street is totally the wrong place for the car park,” Chance Hanlon said.
The Bomaderry business owner and Shoalhaven Business Chamber member said he cared about the area and how Nowra was presented.
He said long term car parking for staff at businesses in the CBD was already available at the Bridge Road and Berry Street car parks.
“Both are on the edge of town, which frees up Stewart Place for a multi-storey car park that could connect with the CBD.
“Putting it out on Berry Street, it’s further for older people to walk, the footpaths are terrible, there are no undercover paths for when it’s raining and you’ve got to cross roads to get into the CBD,” Mr Hanlon said.
He said council had missed an opportunity to connect a multi-level car park with the rest of the shopping precinct.
“If you go to towns like Bathurst, Ballarat and Wagga they all have multi-level car parks connected to a shopping centre. They do that because it works,” he said.
“People ask me why I care, I’m in Bomaderry, well I’ve owned various businesses and I do care about the area.”
SHOALHAVEN City Council has made the right decision in choosing the Berry-Worrigee streets site for the multi-storey car park, according to chairman of the Nowra CBD Ratepayers Association Scott Baxter.
“It was great news and it’s good to see council make a decision that the previous council had already confirmed as a good decision,” he said.
Mr Baxter was concerned by comments on the issue and the direction the conversation had been taking.
“While we appreciate people’s interest in what is best for the CBD a lot of us involved in the car park committee live and breathe the CBD every day,” he said.
“Yes it is for everyone but I’d suggest the existing people with an interest in the CBD are best placed to make comment.
“I need to point out the multi-storey car park is about all-day parking not casual parking,” he said.
Owners and residents at Berry Court adjacent to the Berry Street car park have been the most vocal opponents to that site, suggesting Stewart Place would be a better
Mr Baxter suggested the residents of Berry Court make the most of having a council that is prepared to listen to them.
“Do they expect that land to remain vacant forever? It is a commercial bit of land and the town is growing,” Mr Baxter said.
“They have a great opportunity to work with a council who is prepared to listen to them rather than a developer who could build an 11-metre building right in front of them,” he said.