Park­ing fee back­down

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Pond

PAID park­ing is be­ing scrapped in Mt Law­ley, two months af­ter the City of Stir­ling in­tro­duced it.

Park­ing me­ters were in­stalled on Field Street and Beau­fort Street north of Wal­cott Street in July af­ter a coun­cil de­ci­sion in March, sup­ported by all coun­cil­lors ex­cept El­iz­a­beth Re.

Cr Joe Fer­rante later called for re­moval of the me­ters, which al­low for one hour free park­ing and $2 per hour af­ter­wards, be­cause he said it was hurt­ing busi­nesses in the area.

Eric Ma­tusik, of Ma­tusik Di­a­mond Jewellers, and Irv­ing and Keenan Real Es­tate prin­ci­pal Stu­art Irv­ing im­plored coun­cil­lors at Tues­day’s meet­ing to re­move paid park­ing be­cause of its neg­a­tive ef­fects on their busi­nesses.

Cr Suzanne Mig­dale said her is­sue was with the tim­ing of the im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“In these tough eco­nomic times we want to en­cour­age our hub,” Cr Mig­dale said.

Cr Karen Caddy said a City re­port found most peo­ple were park­ing for less than an hour, with 11 per cent stay­ing one to two hours and 8.5 per cent park­ing for two to three hours.

The City is ex­pected to spend up to $5000 to re­move the six ma­chines and re­place sig­nage, while it spent $400 on in­stal­la­tion for each me­ter.

Rev­enue gen­er­ated be­tween July 2 and Au­gust 27 was nearly $10,000.

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