South Perth park­ing limit pain

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

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 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.

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