Marketplace plan gets council nod

PROSPECT shoppers will have 198 new parking spaces and three access points to choose from when the first two stages of a million Prospect Marketplace development are completed.
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Drivers in the area will also benefit from a new road between Bimbimbi Avenue and Las Vegas Drive, when Jardine Crescent is extended.

The Meander Valley Council approved the car park and Jardine Crescent road extension at its meeting this month.

However, it did impose conditions.

The complex owners and property developers Vos Family Office must install a raised pedestrian crossing to slow traffic into the car park before it starts the development.

Security lights must also be installed and they must be able to be dimmed at night so they don’t affect nearby residents.

Vos Family Office chief executive David Gray said the company hoped to call for tenders for the development in September and that construction would start towards the end of the year.

Residents were generally pleased with the development going ahead.

Andrew Slater, of Blackstone Heights, said it was an excellent move.

“The parking can be quite appalling and there’s not enough for handicapped people,” he said.

Ethel Mackenzie, of Prospect, agreed.

“It could be a great advantage to everyone,” she said.

“Parking’s always a problem.”

Sheila Pickett, of Prospect, had concerns about the car park plan.

“I’m wondering where they are going to make the back entrance,” she said.

Ms Pickett expressed concern about the access for delivery trucks, which is not part of the current application.

“I’m still a bit worried about the (proposed) truck route through Las Vegas Drive,” she said.

Andrew Campbell, of Prospect, was pleased about the development.

“I think it’ll be great, it needs improving. A new roundabout out the front would be great,” he said.