Free park­ing at risk

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Dono­van

THE South Perth Es­planade’s first-hour-free park­ing ini­tia­tive may be dis­con­tin­ued from June 30 if City of South Perth coun­cil­lors vote to sup­port an of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tions at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing.

The first-hour-free park­ing trial, in­tro­duced in 2017 along the Es­planade from Harper Ter­race to Queen Street, fol­lowed a pe­ti­tion from lo­cal res­i­dents.

The pe­ti­tion sought to at­tract more vis­i­tors to the Mends Street precinct while also pro­vid­ing lo­cals with a free park­ing op­tion, as con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles for de­vel­op­ments within the area blocked res­i­den­tial street park­ing be­tween 7am and 6pm.

The City’s re­port rec­om­mend­ing the ini­tia­tive be re­voked said there had been “a recorded de­crease of 33 per cent in paid tick­ets is­sued” at the carparks, which had re­sulted in a rev­enue loss of about $138,000.

The re­port also sug­gested some vis­i­tors to the area had “mis­used the coun­cil’s ini­tia­tive by ob­tain­ing another free one-hour ticket upon ex­piry of their first”, which also con­trib­uted to the rev­enue loss.

At their March 2017 meet­ing, coun­cil­lors did note the pro­posed in­tro­duc­tion of the park­ing ini­tia­tive could re­sult in about a $150,000 rev­enue loss per an­num.

South Perth res­i­dent Julius Solomons said dis­con­tin­u­ing the free one­hour park­ing along the Es­planade while con­struc­tion was still caus­ing res­i­den­tial park­ing is­sues, as well as con­tribut­ing to the de­cline of ac­ti­va­tion to the area, at least un­til the works were com­plete, was yet another kick in the teeth.

“Rev­enue loss may well be an is­sue but we need to look for a com­pro­mise,” he said.

“Re­tail is very quiet, we ac­knowl­edge that, but it is be­cause th­ese de­vel­op­ments are tak­ing place.

“We would have no prob­lem if the one-hour free park­ing was re­moved from Harper Ter­race down the Es­planade, from Mon­day to Fri­day, pro­vid­ing the park­ing at the bot­tom of Mends Street, which is about 60 bays, be left for res­i­dents’ use while Harper Street is closed per­ma­nently.”

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