Leura residents have urged council to buy avacant block on the entry ramp to the Mall tosolve the problem of tourist buses in the town.
But council says the land can’t be used as a parking area and it doesn’thave time to formally consider a report before the auction, which is scheduled forFriday.
The land at12-14 Great Western Highway would be perfect, according to Lorraine Droga. She isone of a group campaigningto get touristcoaches away from the crowded shopping area where they often block sight lines for car drivers trying to exit the main carpark.
Under the group’sgrand plan, the land at number 12 could be used as a drop off/pick up point, encouragingtourists to walk down the Mall, rather than just dash into the toilets and Woolworths from Megalong Street, as they currently do.
And a cottage on the land at number 14 could be converted to a tourist information office with toilet facilities.
But a council spokeswoman said land use zones would not allow a carpark.
“A technical assessment of the site also suggests that it would be unsuitable for use as a tourist bus parking facility as proposed by the Leura Village Association,” she said.
“In addition, the Local Government Act requires the council to formally consider a report and pass a resolution prior to buying or selling property.
“Irrespective of any merit of the proposal and funding considerations, this is not practically possible prior to the auction date of Friday,November 27.”
She said the local traffic committee willrecommend that the current tourist bus zones in Megalong Street are changed to“tourist bus zone, drop off pick up, 10 minute (8.30am – 6pm)”.
The committee will also suggest betterline marking of driveways, turning paths and no stopping zones along Megalong Street, to helpdrivers leavingthe carpark as well as to better manage buses.
Council has saidthe bus issuewill bereviewed in the 2016/17 financial year in a wider study that will consider longer termsolutions to traffic and bus issues.
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