Plans for car park set for debate

A DEVELOPMENT application to have a former car hire depot changed into a car park has been recommended to be refused by the Launceston City Council.

Victorian-based Care Park, which already operates a number of car parks around the central business district, wants to turn the former car hire depot on the corner of St John and Elizabeth streets into a paid all-day car park.

However, council urban designer Stalley Briton has recommended aldermen refuse the application due to its lack of compatibility with the area, among other things.

The application is for 10 car parking bays, with one set aside for disability use, and with access into the site off Elizabeth Street.

It would operate from 5.30am to 10pm, with a flat $5 a day charge.

Aldermen will make a decision at Monday's meeting.

In another matter, aldermen will also decide which sites to seek federal Black Spot Program funding for.

Six locations have been suggested for funding, along with a further two as part of the Traffic Safety Program.

These include a roundabout for Newstead's Campbell and Douglas streets, traffic signals at Prospect's Westbury and Normanstone roads, and lane changes at South Launceston's Wellington and Howick streets.

The council will seek a total of $250,000 for both programs, with it to contribute $160,000.

Application for funding closes on August 29.

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