Mends St park­ing trial

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE City of South Perth is in­tro­duc­ing a free park­ing trial around the Mends Street precinct in re­sponse to con­cerns from busi­ness own­ers.

A pe­ti­tion with 439 sig­na­tures was re­ceived by the coun­cil dur­ing Fe­bru­ary from Mends Street News and Sup­plies own­ers Paul and Hazel No­ble.

The pe­ti­tion de­manded that the City take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to rec­tify the prob­lems around the area as a re­sult of a lack of park­ing and the in­tro­duc­tion of paid park­ing.

At the March 28 coun­cil meet­ing, the coun­cil ap­proved a trial of free one-hour park­ing in two South Perth Es­planade carparks to the east and west of Mends Street jetty.

The free one-hour park­ing is avail­able be­tween 8am and 6pm Mon­day to Sun­day, with a two-hour max­i­mum ap­ply­ing be­tween these hours for the carparks.

On­street park­ing along South Perth will have Es­planade one hour free, with ticket park­ing af­ter the first hour be­tween 8am and 6pm Mon­day to Sun­day, with no limit.

The trial will be re­viewed each quar­ter and cost the coun­cil $150,000 per an­num in lost park­ing rev­enue.

Mr No­ble said the pe­ti­tion arose from dis­sat­is­fac­tion about the coun­cil.

“There have been about 20 shops shut down here in the past seven or eight years but it seems the coun­cil is sup­port­ing An­gelo Street more,” he said. “The changes might have some im­pact but it’s still too ex­pen­sive, I’d like to see peo­ple able to park on Mends Street for an hour and then only charged $2 per hour af­ter that.

“At the mo­ment you can only park one hour on Mends Street for one hour and then you have to move.”

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