Mends St parking trial
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.”