In late 2015, I started a community campaign to get Coles to improve the poor condition of their supermarket carpark in Maylands. I met with a representative of the property owner (a company called Charter Hall) and presented to him a list of existing issues and possible solutions, which I collected after consulting people on my Facebook page. The requests were realistic and reasonable, and Charter Hall promised to work through them.
Following that meeting, they took steps to address one of the issues: installing several stop signs and line marking to direct the traffic in a circular movement, in an attempt to improve the flow of cars.
Other urgent issues in Maylands took my attention soon after (such as saving Maylands Waterland). But if elected, I’d like to use the councillor role as a platform to further push Coles and Charter Hall to deal with the other issues in the carpark:
1. There’s still issues with the layout of the Falkirk Ave entrance, which creates more of a bottleneck in peak time.
2. A bike rack should be added to encourage people to cycle to the supermarket, and provide a safe place to store bikes so that they don’t clutter the walkways.
3. There needs to be a better link to the rear car park, to encourage people to use its spare parking bays at peak times.
4. Pedestrian paths (including crossings) should be improved to reduce the chaos and protect people from traffic. Dropping the kerbs of the existing footpaths from nearby streets would allow wheelchair and pram access. Many people with disabilities currently cannot access the footpath in front of the store, which is not acceptable.
5. The verges on the side streets are unkempt and neglected.
6. Poor lighting after dark.
I know that the carpark can be a nightmare (especially at peak times). It’s unlikely that we’ll be able to get them to build a whole new carpark. Nevertheless, if you have further suggestions, please feel free to share them with me.
Below are previous posts on this issue (starting with the most recent post):