Park­ing takes turn for worse

Midland Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

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.

Picture: Bruce Hunt d471746

Wood­turn­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s Allen Murten.

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