'CBD Shopper', George:
With reference to the article, 'Positive business movement in the CBD' in the George Herald of 15 August, I do think this 'positive movement' is creating a problem: Parking.
It is insufficient now. If one tries to find parking to visit Travel Bugs or Harvey Travel there is very seldom any parking. Parking at Mediclinic is already a problem and Home Affairs alone needs lots of parking on its own. With a Dischem store opening soon (which I am sure will be a very busy store), I wonder where the customers are going to park.
There is also the added problem of the two major banks across the street. Are there no town planning rules to ensure that there is a minimum amount of parking available for businesses? Rather than drive around trying to find parking for Dischem, or either of the banks, I think it would be quicker driving to the Garden Route Mall! Which is such a pity as I love shopping in town.
The George Municipality responds:
The business in question is located in a building with an existing business zoning with a parking allocation. In terms of the new Integrated Zoning Scheme By-law, 2017, due to there being no extensions/additions to the building, additional parking could not be requested. The Municipal Spatial Development Framework encourages the integration of spatial, land use and transport planning and the municipality is investigating all aspects surrounding parking as part of its ongoing city centre rejuvenation goals, and council has approved a framework to address parking in the CBD.