‘Lack of parking space detrimental to business’
MORE parking spaces are needed in Serasa Beach as lack of parking hinders people from visiting the beach, vendors said.
Speaking to the The Brunei Times yesterday, most vendors said that their earnings have taken a nosedive compared to their earnings before the beach underwent renovations.
They said this was due to the decrease in the number of visitors, pointing towards the lack of parking as the cause.
Siti Aishah Abdullah, who sells handicrafts, said that currently there are 40 stalls at the beach and only 40 parking spaces near the stall area, leaving very little parking space for visitors.
“There are a lot of visitors that come here, but because there aren’t enough parking, these potential visitors would turn back,” she said.
She said that this problem was especially apparent last month during the school holidays where there were many families visiting the beach for outdoor barbeque and picnic gatherings.
Most of the families would stay until late, she said, taking up the parking spaces.
“Because of this, we did not make a lot of sales during those days because they brought their own food, and take up the parking space,” she added.
Hjh Fatimah Hj Muntil, a food vendor who opens her stall once a week on Sundays, said prior to the renovations, her stall would earn around $800 to $1,000 in a day.
“Now, on average we make about $300 a day, which is not bad but is significantly less than what we used to earn,” she said.
“During events such as boat races, we manage to rake in more than $400 because those days there are a lot of people coming but there were still a significant number of cars that just passed by as there were no more available parking spaces,” added the 62-year-old.
Another food vendor who wished to be known only as Norsiah, said that the authorities should consider turning some of the recreational areas into parking lots to allow more visitors to stay.
“The problem is not that there are less people coming, in fact there are a lot. It’s just that they are not able to stay due to lack of parking spaces,” she said.
The Brunei Times