New park­ing lim­its a sweeter deal for shops

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Peter de Krui­jff

Stop­ping for a cof­fee in down­town Kar­ratha will get eas­ier for car users search­ing for a park­ing spot, with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment set to im­pose new park­ing lim­its around the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

Most street park­ing in the City will stay free, but some spots around Pe­lago East and West will be re­stricted to two hours or 15 min­utes.

Some of the park­ing spots along Hed­land Place will also be two hours only.

Frozen yo­ghurt shop Yo-get-it is one of the pop­u­lar out­lets and cafes at the bot­tom of the Pe­lago build­ings, and store fran­chisee Jes­sica Buck­ley wel­comed the changes.

She said it would make week­ends and af­ter­noons more ap­peal­ing for cus­tomers who wanted to stop out the front, come in, grab some yo­ghurt and go.

She said peo­ple of­ten for­got there was cus­tomer park­ing in the Pe­lago East build­ing it­self, which was of­ten un­der­utilised.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said Kar­ratha’s cen­tre was only get­ting busier.

“We have cre­ated a fan­tas­tic bustling food and en­ter­tain­ment precinct around the Pe­lago build­ings, which is only go­ing to get bet­ter with the con­struc­tion of The Quar­ter,” he said.

“We have been con­sult­ing with busi­nesses who sup­port these time lim­its to en­sure peo­ple can ac­cess park­ing out­side their busi­nesses.”

The time lim­its will take ef­fect once sig­nage is put in place, but the City has yet to con­firm when this will hap­pen.

City rangers will po­lice illegal park­ing and driv­ers who dis­obey signs could cop a $100 fine.

A map of the street park­ing and time lim­its can be found at www.kar­ratha.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Yo-get-it em­ployee Stephanie Ea­ton of­fers up a fresh tub of frozen yo­ghurt.

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