A huge victory for local shopkeepers with Wollongong Council backtracking on plans to close off access to the IGA Car park.
Council planned to stop northbound traffic on LHD turning right into McCauley Street while they carry out footpath upgrades outside Anita’s Theatre and Beaches.
Local shopkeepers reacted with horror to the news, saying they stood to loose thousands of dollars because shoppers would simply avoid the area, and Council received a barrage of calls opposing the move.
“We were shocked when we heard the plan,” says Thirroul Cellars Rory O’Carroll. “It was only supposed to be for a month, but we all know what’s happened with the pools. It could have gone on indefinitely. In the meantime, I estimate we stood to lose at least 30% of our weekly trade.”
IGA Manager David Hoad was similarly outraged, and is thankful Council listened to reason.
“They’ve agreed to take up the parking spaces outside Anita’s on the northbound side of the road, and if traffic becomes an issue on the McCauley’s corner, they’ll put in traffic controllers. That way the IGA car park, and therefore local business, is not affected.”
Work on the footpath upgrade is set to start on Monday, May 2.