As recently reported in the Manly Daily, Manly Councillors are working towards a compromise following their most recent workshop on the future of the Oval car park and Manly 2015 Plan.
The focus has shifted to the Whistler Street car park site, with discussions being held whether it should be retro-fitted (renovated) or pulled down and a replaced with a new car park complex.
Recent figures released by Council shows that the existing car park currently generates around $1m in revenue. Good for Manly has been pushing for the renovation option using examples from other car parks of a similar vintage which have been successfully retro-fitted. However, the size of the car parking spaces would need to remain as they are, due to structural constraints.
Redeveloping the site as a new parking station complex would also retain the site in Council ownership, with ideas such as including shops on the ground floor level and other commercial space on the top levels being explored.
All Councillors are in agreement that an important part of the Manly 2015 Plan is the revitalisation of the laneways, but the division has been over the building of a big car park under Manly Oval.
It is expected that a number of further workshops will be held over the coming months to explore options for the Whistler Street car park site.
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Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.