South Perth parking limit pain
NEW parking restrictions on some residential streets in South Perth have caught residents off guard, according to Stirling Street resident Dylan Hicks.
In line with the City of South Perth’s parking management plan, York, Clarence and Hopetoun streets have had two-hour restrictions instated and Stirling and Scott streets had four-hour restrictions established on both sides of the road with less than a month’s notice.
But after receiving “more than 10 emails” from residents regarding the changes, councillor Ken Manolas moved a motion without notice at the City’s August council meeting in an attempt to address issues raised with him.
The motion, which was passed unanimously, was to amend the parking restrictions on York, Clarence, Hopetoun, Stirling and Scott streets to four-hour parking Mondays to Fridays 8-6pm rather than Mondays to Sundays.
Mr Hicks said he appreciated Cr Manolas’ prompt response but felt the motion still did not address the problem and had started a change.org petition calling for the City to introduce residential parking permits.
“These restrictions were introduced with only three weeks’ notice and many residents with more than one car rely on this parking, including myself,” he said.
“The impact this short notice has had, in my case I have had to rely on using a friend’s house to leave my car in order to avoid fines, seems greatly disproportionate to the benefit the City is likely to gain.
“I understand in the long term a reduction in parking may be a necessary evil as the City grows.
“However, a residential parking permit would mitigate the impact felt by locals, increase revenue for the City and address its aims to ‘manage both current and future demand for on street parking’.”
City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the City would be reviewing its practices in relation to the provision of notifications.
“In conjunction with new parking restrictions, new no standing line-marking and dedicated parking bays will also be implemented once weather permits,” she said.