Manly Councillors meet again at a workshop on 21 February to explore a number of options relating to the controversial Manly 2015 Plan.
Manly Councillors will meet again at a workshop on 21 February to explore a number of options relating to the proposed 760 space car park under Manly Oval, and the proposed demolition of the centrally-located Whistler Street car park to build shops and apartments, with both projects becoming a driving wedge between the interests of the Chamber of Commerce on the one hand, and of those local residents on the other.
As reported last year in the Manly Daily. Council is currently looking at a number of additional options with the view to finding a compromise. These include:
Is a smaller car park under the oval a viable idea? Not according to local experts who have reviewed the concept and come to the conclusion that the cost per parking space would be in the vicinity of $80,000 each , or $32m for the 400 space car park. (Download the full report at the bottom of this article)
In the meantime, as part of the Manly 2015 Plan, work has commenced on Raglan Street, which will include new bike paths and beautification of the footpaths, from Belgrave Street to The Steyne.
Also, installation of the retention tank in the existing Oval has begun, with the view to reducing flooding of this area during heavy rains. A government grant was obtained for that work.
Candy Bingham, 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.