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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
10 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 2, 2009 MB NEWS Murat Karaman and ''Sonny'' Duran, at Marrano Mechanics in Croydon, have nowhere to park their clients' vehicles. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP260600 Spanner in the works SHIREEN KHALIL My real concern is someone is going to get hurt who has to walk on the road because of cars parked on the driveway' ' -- Cr John Faker Council is delib- erately trying to shut these two businesses down, taking away many people's livelihoods' ' -- Michelle Marrano THE owners of a mechan- ical workshop in Croydon believe Burwood Council is deliberately trying to close down their business. For years, the co-owners of Marrano Mechanics, Soner ''Sonny'' Duran and Murat Karaman, have tried liaising with the council to come to a workable solution over more parking spaces in Malvern Ave. Landlord Michelle Marrano said they had tried different ideas with the council to use the area out- side the workshop, but have received no replies regard- ing a solution. ''We understand cus- tomers who park on the driveway obstruct ped- estrians and put them in dangerous situations, and we don't want that,'' Mrs Marrano said. ''What the business oper- ators would prefer is having back the five-minute pick- up/drop-off bays.'' Her fear that the council is trying to shut down her tenants' business was con- firmed when it wrongly erected a CCTV camera fac- ing directly into the work- shops last September. At last Tuesday night's council meeting, council- lors unanimously voted that Marrano Mechanics, and neighbouring business Auto Electrical, communi- cate with their landlord to allocate parking spaces within their workshops. ''We have done every- thing we can to accommo- date this business with more parking spaces,'' Cr John Faker said. ''We put in parking spots in Post Office Lane which didn't exist before and the parking across the road we changed to allow them to park their vehicles.'' But the owners claim the council has done nothing to facilitate their business. ''If we cannot come to a workable solution over parking spaces, then we have no other conclusion to come to other than the coun- cil is deliberately trying to shut these two businesses down, taking away many people's livelihoods,'' Mrs Marrano said. ''They think they have allocated parking spots to us, but the public always use them,'' Mr Karaman said. He also said that parking internally is not an option. ''It is working space that we paid for, it's not a car parking spot,'' he said. Mr Karaman said the council's decision to erect seven yellow bollards across the driveway outside their workshop has resulted in a loss of customers and income. But Cr Faker said when he was mayor, the owners requested the bollards to deter customers from park- ing illegally. Cr Faker said he did not support closing down the businesses, but they had to think about the pedestrians. ''My real concern is some- one is going to get hurt who has to walk on the road because of cars parked on the driveway,'' he said. ''I don't support shutting them down -- they have a right to operate their busi- ness. . .buttheyhavetobe fair.'' Strathfield Library Celebrates The Strathfield Library recently celebrated its fifth birthday. Since its opening in 2004, the library has received 1,137, 591 visits. The Library provides community members with free access to a wide range of education, information and recreation resources in varied formats. Resources include books, magazines, e-books, DVDs, HSC collection and local studies. For further information about services available at the library visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au and click on the library link. Slow Down Campaign Council and NSW Police have launched the Speeding. No one thinks big of you campaign, which is designed to help reduce road fatalities and injuries. During April, courtesy speed checks will take place on local roads in our community using two on road radar/VMS trailers. These trailers will remind drivers of the 50km/h speed limit and indicate the speed at which they are travelling. Strathfield Library Operating Hours Over the Easter holiday period the library will operate as follows: Closed Good Friday: 10 April Closed Easter Saturday: 11 April Closed Easter Sunday: 12 April Closed Easter Monday: 13 April Normal library hours resume as of Tuesday 14 April from 9.30am-8pm. council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 P: 9748 9999 F: 9764 1034 postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday STRATHFIELD COUNCIL WHAT'S ON Strathfield Historic Walking Tour 18 April, 10-1pm Cost $10 includes refreshments and tour guide. For bookings call 9642 3145 ANZAC Day Commemorative Service 19 April 10-2pm Davey Square E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au 2041572i iww wk40 First Tuesday of the month -- Council Meeting Second Tuesday of the month -- Planning Committee Third Tuesday of the month -- Committee meeting as required Council meetings are held at 7pm in the Council Chambers, 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield. Planning Committee meetings are held at 6pm at Strathfield Library and Information Centre, 65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush. Meeting business papers are available from Council's Customer Service Centre, Library and website on the Saturday prior to each meeting. Baby Bounce participants help celebrate the library's fifth birthday in their new building. Mayor's Message Council is inviting businesses in the Homebush West area to participate in Council's 'civic pride' project. The Greenstreet Awards initiative aims to foster sustainable economic, environmental, and socially responsible management of communities within the business sector. I encourage businesses in the Homebush West Precinct to register for the program and participate to achieve a Bronze Award accreditation under the scheme. Additionally, the awards will assist local businesses to implement best practice sustainability initiatives, as well as helping them reduce costs and increase efficiency. For further information about the program contact Council on 9748 9999. Cr Keith Kwon Mayor of Strathfield STRATHFIELD Council our Community news General foot care Heel pain/ heel spurs Plantar fasciitis Gait analysis/ biomechanical Paediatric (Children) Ingrown toe nails Knee/hip/back pain Orthotic therapy Nail surgery & more We specialise in: FREE Foot Assessment We would like to offer you a NO OBLIGATION FREE Foot Assessment at Sydney's newest Podiatry Clinic! 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