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Warning over Hawthorn multi-deck park

A NEW multi-deck car park off Hawthorn’s busiest shopping strip would require major work to move tram stops and traffic lights, Boroondara council has been warned.
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The council is considering building a 224-space multi-deck on what is an open-air car park between Park and Wakefield streets, near Glenferrie station, as part of its plan to ease parking problems for shoppers and traders.

But former Glenferrie Road Traders Association president Nigel Kirby told council’s services meeting last week a new car park entrance would require traffic lights to be installed at Park Street.

‘‘That will mean moving the tram stop from Wakefield Street corner, because trams only stop at traffic lights. That will mean parking outside the supermarket will be lost,’’ said Mr Kirby, a Glenferrie trader for 25 years.

He also questioned the idea of spending $4.5 million of ratepayers’ money on parking likely to be used by commuters and Swinburne University, which recently told council it needed 910 off-campus spaces.

‘‘People already use the existing multi-deck as a park-and-ride for $6 a day. Another 224 spaces – it’s Christmas,’’ Mr Kirby told RL. ‘‘It should remain as an open-air car park with the restrictions they have at the moment so people don’t overstay their welcome.’’

The multi-deck is one of 24 recommendations of a two-month study of parking in the Glenferrie Road precinct. Councillors voted unanimously to endorse the study’s findings.