Should Liverpool council spend $10 million on a new car park?

LIVERPOOL Council has secured a $10 million loan to build a car park, but one councillor is questioning whether one is even necessary.

Cr Anne Stanley said a lot of Liverpool's former parking woes were solved by the introduction of metered parking in 2012.

The council received approval in August last year for an interest subsidy for a loan of $10 million under the state government's Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.

"But we still don't have any plans about when the car park will be built or even where exactly it will be," Cr Stanley said.

"I don't understand why we would start this process of borrowing more money when it's unclear where this car park will be.

"And I question whether we really need one, when the car parks we have at the moment, including the Warren Service Way and the Northumberland Street car park, have quite high vacancy rates.

"Those days where you would struggle to find a park in the central business district are long gone because most people are moving on quite quickly now.

"The real problem we have in the CBD are traffic flows; it often takes 40 minutes to get out of there."

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said the council was committed to building a car park in the southern end of the central business district this year.

He said the council wanted to see a cafe strip operating in that part of the city and a car park would be essential for that to happen.

"There has never been enough parking in that area and we need to provide some for people to want to gather there," Cr Mannoun said.

"The car park would have double the use because there are also a lot of offices there now, so it would be used during the day and at night."

He said that Menai MP Melanie Gibbons had helped the council to apply for the subsidy which would mean that the loan repayments would be "peanuts".

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