In a previous posting I outlined the on-going problems in the Neerim Rd strip shopping centre caused by the loss of the short term carpark opp Bendigo Bank.
In the mid sixties traders had banded together and raised several thousand pounds to secure the site and for the next 40+ years the carpark was leased to council on a peppercorn lease basis (approx $100 pa)
Several years ago Victrack requested this change to a commercial lease which council didn't agree to.
Residents, traders and shoppers particularly the elderly, have suffered because of this change and it was certainly having a detrimental impact on the area.
Last week I am very happy to report that after lobbying by council ,Victrack has agreed to return the carpark to the previous conditions.
A great result and many thanks to the staff involved, councillors for their support, and for the Mayor Helen Whiteside visiting the area last mth to listen to concerns on this issue.