Buildings go to provide more car parking spaces at Ballina

IT'S likely that Ballina residents will get more parking in the CBD for Christmas.

Work started last week on the demolition of the Ballina Shire Council-owned building at 74 Tamar St to make way for new car parks.

And the last tenant in the adjacent Centre Arcade - also owned by council - moved out this week to allow for demolition of that building, too.

Council general manager Paul Hickey said the first car park should be completed by the busy Christmas period, while he said the second car park at the Centre Arcade site may only have a temporary seal by then. "Our plan is to have both open and operating by Christmas, albeit that the second one may have a temporary surface," he said.

Construction work is dependent on the weather.

However, once the car parks are completed, they will add at least an extra 70 new car parking spaces in Ballina's CBD.

With the expected opening of Little Woolies by the end of this month, things are looking good for CBD retailers, who have been feeling the pinch since the supermarket closed after a fire in 2011.