Parking takes turn for worse
MEMBERS of the Woodturners’ Association are calling on the City of Swan to reinstate parking near their headquarters, saying the lack of space is driving away members.
Association member Allen Murten said members had parked near the Swan Districts Senior Citizen Centre on The Avenue for four years.
“In May when members arrived at the centre they found they were restricted from using nearly half our traditional parking area by a temporary fence after a fire damaged a nearby fence,” he said.
“Around 30 members, some aged in their 80s, attend our weekly activities and as one can imagine, many members have difficulty walking and some use walking aids.”
Mr Murten said five members were issued infringements after parking on a grass verge due to insufficient parking outside the centre.
“Since receiving a ticket, one member was so upset at the possibility of losing his licence that he reluctantly paid his fine,” he said.
“I find this appalling, as all the male members of this club are retired and can ill afford this additional cost.
“I feel the City has failed in its duty by not continuing to provide adequate parking and have acted harshly and without due consideration for the welfare of its senior citizens in expecting them to walk a long distance to obtain long-term parking.”
City of Swan acting chief executive Jim Coten said it would continue to liaise with the contractors regarding the site, and when safe to do so, will look at moving the fencing to free up more parking.
“Fencing was installed at the site after a small fire caused significant damage to an asbestos fence adjacent to the carpark,” he said. “While the damaged asbestos fence has now been removed and the surface contamination clean up has taken place, the City needs to obtain a clearance certificate before the fencing can be removed.”
Mr Coten said in the meantime, members of the Club who hold a relevant permit could access free parking at one of the City's nearby carparks.
He said the parking infringements were subject to the City’s appeal process.
Woodturners’ Association’s Allen Murten.