Having a say

Hans Paas, Castlemaine

I’m having “a say on Frederick Street” (Mail 26/2) through your newspaper. The news of an upgrade is very welcome, but what ever happened to the car park? This was closed off some years ago and I am guessing local traders miss the extra business that may have been generated when these spaces were available. I am certainly missing the parking.
If it is privately owned and our council would have to lease it, fair enough, as Castlemaine’s shop owners contribute much rate revenue to council coffers. I hope the re-opening of the car park is part of the ‘upgrade’.
Editor’s Note: Council used to lease the car park from private owners but made the decision not to continue the lease some years back after consultation with the community and business operators. It was subsequently fenced off.