Back­down on car park­ing fees

Stirling Times - - News -

PAID park­ing is be­ing scrapped in Mt Law­ley, just two months af­ter the City of Stir­ling in­tro­duced it.

Park­ing me­ters were in­stalled on Field Street and Beau­fort Street north of Wal­cott Street in July af­ter a coun­cil de­ci­sion in March, sup­ported by all coun­cil­lors ex­cept El­iz­a­beth Re.

Coun­cil­lor Joe Fer­rante called for re­moval of the me­ters, which al­lowed for one hour free park­ing and $2 per hour af­ter­wards, be­cause he said it was hurt­ing busi­nesses in the area.

This was echoed by Eric Ma­tusik, of Ma­tusik Di­a­mond Jewellers, and Irv­ing and Keenan Real Es­tate prin­ci­pal Stu­art Irv­ing at last Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Cr Karen Caddy said the City had in­stalled paid park­ing in Os­borne Park, Glen­dalough, In­naloo, Stir­ling and other ar­eas of Mt Law­ley and ini­tial con­cerns did not last long.

A City re­port found most peo­ple were park­ing for less than an hour, with 11 per cent stay­ing one to two hours and 8.5 per cent park­ing for two to three hours.

“80 per cent of the mo­torists are park­ing for one hour or less, so 80 per cent of the time it’s free; only a small mi­nor­ity are be­ing charged,” Cr Caddy said.

“We’ve spent a lot of ratepay­ers’ money putting this paid park­ing in.”

Ac­cord­ing to Cr Bianca San­dri, some busi­ness own­ers were not al­low­ing cus­tomers to park be­hind their shops as they were sup­posed to.

Plan­ning di­rec­tor Ross Povey said the City had taken com­pli­ance ac­tion against some own­ers with mixed re­sults but it could in­ves­ti­gate cur­rently locked carparks, sub­ject to re­sourc­ing.

Sev­eral coun­cil­lors sup­ported a sus­pen­sion of paid park­ing un­til Fe­bru­ary to avoid the busier sum­mer months, but the ma­jor­ity voted in favour of im­me­di­ately re­mov­ing the me­ters.

The City ex­pects to spend up to $5000 to re­move the six ma­chines and re­place sig­nage.

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