Mike Richards

Supermarket expansion means fewer parking spaces

PARKING dominated talks yesterday as Gladstone Regional Council approved the expansion of Gladstone Square, or The Valley, Woolworths.

The development includes a reconfiguration of the car park and more aisles in-store.

Instead of adding more spaces, centre owner Charter Hall plans to use signage to make use of parks less known to shoppers, and the small one-way alley off Oaka Lane will change direction to funnel more people to the parking at the back of the centre.

The council's manager for development services said she didn't believe that was an issue; and that the centre wouldn't be expecting any more customers than they have now.

"This is not a new use," the manager said.

"Is someone going to suddenly stop shopping at Coles and go to Woolworths as a result of this expansion?"

We asked Charter Hall if they expected the number of visitors to increase, but they did not respond before deadline.

During the meeting Councillor Karen Porter said fewer spaces would exacerbate the woes of the already-strained CBD.

Parking was the only issue raised when we asked shoppers about the expansion back in April.

Note: This story has been updated from the original version after unnecessary comments were directed at the manager quoted. The original story also stated that 90 extra car parks were included in the initial upgrade plans. This was incorrect.

In November Charter Hall said final plans showed there will be 10 additional spaces.   

Is it a good idea to have fewer car parks at The Valley shopping centre to make room for expansion?

This poll ended on 08 August 2015.

Current Results

Yes, the expansion sounds good.

15%

No, the car park is bad enough as is.

78%

I hardly go there, doesn't bother me.

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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