Business owners to keep fighting for better outdoor seating
AN OUTDOOR seating area on Carrington St is still a possibility for Little Delhi business owners, providing they submit a development application.
Lismore City Council has provided a response to Chris and Gail Warid's concerns about cars reversing up against the kerb in front of their Carrington St store and endangering pedestrians on the busy footpath.
The council's contracts and property services coordinator, Ross Davies, said the owners could submit their formal request to carry out development of a seating area if they were willing to pay the costs.
Putting forward the application would open up a public consultation process.
Mr Warid said he would consider submitting a DA to turn two reverse angle parks into one parallel park.
He said this would allow for several tables and decorations such as plants along the edge of the wide footpath, reducing hazards and helping them grow their business.
Mr Davies said Mr and Mrs Warid's current outdoor dining agreement, allowing them a small area of seating up against the shopfront, was not commonplace in Lismore.
"It is not aligned to council's current policy to keep shopfronts free of furniture and signs in the CBD," Mr Davies said.
"This is mainly to help the vision-impaired to navigate around the CBD without obstacles.
"In the case of this outdoor dining area and one other outdoor dining area in the CBD, these were allowed as there were no alternative areas available."
Mr Warid said he was confident his proposal would solve this issue.
"If they allow me to have the carparks then we can stop obstructing pedestrians because we can move the tables further out (nearer to the road's edge)," he said.
However Mr Davies said members of the public had before expressed concern about losing any parking spaces around the CBD.
Mr Warid disagreed, and said many customers have thrown their support behind it.