The Links Car Park Media Response

Query

A resident is forming a petition to fix a number of issues at the car park at The Links in South Oakleigh. Once she reaches a certain number she plans on submitting it to council and the land owner.
The concerns she includes are: a bottleneck entry/exit point; zebra crossings which lead to garden beds; lack of signs detailing car park exits; lack of shopping trolley bays; the big gutter running through the middle is a hazard for elderly and disabled people, as well as trolleys. 

Response

Is the car park council's responsibility?

No, this car park is privately owned and while Council has no ultimate authority over it, we are also concerned about these issues.

Council’s Director of Infrastructure will meet with the owners as soon as possible to inspect the site and advocate to the property owners on behalf of the community about these issues.

We will also be talking to VicRoads about the traffic controls at the major road intersections, including the traffic signals, and ask them to inspect as a matter of urgency.

The site was formerly a quarry site.

As part of a round of redevelopments for Woolworths across Victoria the Minister for Planning rezoned the land on 25 October 2010 to allow for the redevelopment of the site as The Links Centre.  Prior to rezoning the land the Minister appointed an Advisory Committee to review the proposals. You can access a copy of the advisory committee report here: http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/vic/PPV/2010/90.html

As part of this Ministerial Amendment, the changes made by the Minister required Council, as the Responsible Authority, to issue a permit for the development.  The permit was issued by Council on 30 November 2010.

Are these concerns something that council may look at?

Yes, we will be talking to the owners and to VicRoads about these issues.

The major road traffic signals, including pedestrian crossings, would need to be inspected by VicRoads who have authority in terms of issuing permits for these types of controls.  We will speak to  VicRoads about these issues and urge the authority to inspect the site as a matter of priority.  

Issued: Thursday, 18 January 2018.
To: Monash Leader.
Quoting: Mayor, Councillor Paul Klisaris