The clock is ticking on parking
Three-hour limit at centre
RESTRICTED parking at Gladstone Square will come into effect on Saturday in an effort to make customer car spaces a priority.
The new owners of the private property are aiming to free up customer car parks with new three-hour restrictions at the shopping centre better known as The Valley.
A centre spokesman said conditions of entry signs will be installed in the area soon, and centre managers will be using new technology to monitor the length of each car’s stay.
“They’ll be walking around with a hand held device which captures car registration, noting when cars arrived.”
The car park, which has had no restrictions to date, has been under considerable strain due to all-day parkers using the shopping centre’s parking facilities, reducing the spaces available to customers and creating congestion.
While no ticket machines will be installed, the spokesman said “when centre monitors walking around recognise someone has overstayed, a fine will be issued.”
A Gladstone Regional Council spokeswoman said the decision to implement parking restrictions at the property’s car park did not come from the council.
“It’s a private property matter so we (council) has nothing to do with it.”
In response to customer feedback to centre management and Woolworths, the centre owners said the restrictions are being implemented to ensure shoppers enjoy a convenient shop when visiting the centre.
“We are proud to deliver the local community with a more enjoyable and convenient shopping experience when customers visit the centre,” Gladstone Square centre manager Joanna Horton said.
Another centre spokesman said the new restrictions are being brought in with retailers in mind.
“The main goal that we are trying to achieve here is that our shoppers are able to park at the car park in order to support our local retailers,” he said.
“Currently, people are
❝... so our hope is that people park, support retailers with ample time. — Centre spokesman
using the centre as daytime parking ... parking here and then heading off to work in the CBD ... which is problematic in terms of us trying to provide an enjoyable shopping experience.”
“Three hours is typically longer than most shoppers stay, so our hope is that people park, support retailers with ample time, but don’t stay all day.”
How much people will be fined is currently unknown.
TIME LIMIT: Gladstone Square shopping centre has new owners and they’re changing the parking rules.
LEFT: A three-hour parking limit is looming.