I am surprised this is happening, despite seeing streams of construction workers going into those shops to buy things.:
Great wall of Glenfield
04 Jul, 2012 12:00 AM
SHOPKEEPERS in Glenfield would usually be busy serving customers and making money in the morning and afternoon peak hours.
Instead, they're watching a stream of potential customers drive past with nowhere to park.
On-street parking at Railway Parade has been blocked off by a wall of fencing for construction work while the station is upgraded for the South West Rail Link.
Glenfield Cellars co-owner Sherin Sylvester said they had been without parking on and off for a year now and their customers were learning to use other roads and buy from other liquor stores.
"About 50 per cent of our sales has dropped in the past year and we've just noticed last week as well it's dropped further," Mr Sylvester told the Advertiser.
"The price of everything else is going up, so it's hard.
"I don't know how we're going to get customers back."
Co-owner Velibor Tanaskoski said he hoped they would be able to get compensation for income lost during the upgrade.
"Everything they have done has had a real detrimental impact on us here," Mr Tanaskoski said.
"We've got mortgages and loans — our lives depend on this."
Real estate owner Bill Hall agreed that something needed to be done about the lack of parking and accessibility.
"People don't know where to look if they've never been to the area," he said.
"The provision of car parking on this side of the [railway line is imperative for the future of the retail area."
Owner of Glenfield Station Take-Away Food and Delicatessen Peter Petrellis said he was seeing half the usual number of customers.
"It's dead," Mr Petrellis said.
"Before we had everything, now we have nothing."
Other shops were also hit, with sales down more than a quarter at Glenfield Newsagency and customers blaming a lack of parking.
Macquarie Fields MP Andrew McDonald said he wasn't surprised and would visit the shopkeepers to see what could be done.
"I was worried this would happen," Dr McDonald said.
"There's a fair amount of parking that's been lost and the shops do depend on a lot of passing traffic."
Campbelltown Liberal MP Bryan Doyle said there had been extensive consultation with shopkeepers.
"I think there were two options — one was to close the road down completely for a short period of time and the other was the option they went with, which was reduced on-street parking but keeping the road open."
Mr Doyle said the on-street parking should return by the end of August.